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Falklands congratulates BBC World Service

Thursday, December 19th 2002 - 20:00 UTC
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Among a flood of congratulations and good will messages to the BBC World Service from around the world on its 70th anniversary (on Thursday, 19th December) is a letter of appreciation from the Falkland Islands Government.

Its elected councillors unanimously praise the World Service for its broadcasts during and since the 1982 Argentine invasion and send their "warmest congratulations".

In a letter to the Director of BBC World Service and Global News, Mark Byford, the councillors say:

"World Service transmissions have been particularly important to the people of the Falkland Islands for many years and have kept the most remote outlying communities and individuals up to date with world events from the early days of radio communications to the present when many in the Islands are now able to see BBC World television broadcasts as well as listen to the News and many other programmes on the radio.

"'Calling the Falklands' was a lifeline to everyone who lived through the events of 1982; coupled to the hourly news bulletins, through which many of us could follow the progress of the Task Force, it provided a vital link with families and friends in the United Kingdom and elsewhere and we remain indebted to the Corporation for that support. The reports of your correspondent in Argentina at the time were also particularly appreciated. The programme continues to be followed with great interest throughout the Islands today".

The letter is signed by Councillor Roger Edwards, On behalf of the Falkland Islands Legislative Council.

Categories: Falkland Islands.

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