Hong Kong drops BBC World Service after four decades of transmission

Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) has dropped BBC World Service from its programming after four decades of transmission

Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) has dropped BBC World Service from its programming after four decades of transmission and has replaced it with China state radio channel, China National Radio.

According to The Guardian, who quoted a spokesperson from RTHK, the decision to drop BBC was made to “enhance the cultural exchange between the mainland and Hong Kong”, and only eight hours of the BBC World Service will be played overnight from 11pm to 7am local time from now.

Another factor for dropping BBC was due to the Hong Kong government’s decision to stop converting analog audio into digital signal because of a lack of demand earlier this year.

The BBC, which has broadcasted in Hong Kong since 1978, continued to do so after the island was handed back to China by the United Kingdom after 150 years of colonial rule in 1997.

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