BBC AZERBAIJAN SERVICE TO BE REDUCED TO INTERNET ONLY

January 26th, 2011
On January 26th, the BBC announced the closure of five services: Albanian, Macedonian, Serbian, Portuguese for Africa, and English for the Carribean.

Radio programming in seven languages – Azeri (the official language of Azerbaijan), Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish for Cuba, Turkish, Vietnamese and Ukrainian – will be cut as part of these plans. Instead, there will be an increased focus on the distribution of online, mobile and television content in these languages.
To note, the broadcasting of Radio Liberty, BBC and Voice of America on local frequencies was banned by the Azerbaijani government on January 1, 2009.