BBC are planning on introducing daily news broadcasts in North Korea, such is the worry over the free press and democracy – or lack thereof – in certain countries.
The BBC will put the proposals forward on Monday, and will also float the idea of expanding coverage of BBC Arabic in the Middle East and North Africa, along with a satellite service in Russia.
The ideas come as part of an expansion in BBC World Services, after concern over the rise of state sponsored stations such as Qatar’s Al Jazeera, China’s CCTV and Russia’s RT.
A BBC source has been quoted as saying:
This is about Britain’s place in the world.
It is above the politics of the debates about the BBC’s future. It has to be a national priority. Other news outlets are growing globally and many do not share our traditions and values.
We have a strong commitment to uphold global democracy through accurate, impartial and independent news. There should no longer be any no-go countries for the World Service.
The BBC will ask the government for money to help fund their plans, but quite how far they will get considering the stronghold the likes of Kim Jong-un have on their respective reigns of power remains to be seen.
Should the BBC actually manage to broadcast a daily news programme in the secretive country, you can only imagine how confused North Koreans would be with many of the things the BBC reported – and be quite disappointed to learn they didn’t win the World Cup in 2014 after all.