Oscar Edmondson

Do we need the BBC World Service?

Cutting any of the 42 foreign-language services would risk losing indispensable diplomats like Anatol Goldberg

Anatol Goldberg presenting on the BBC Russian Service in 1976. Image: BBC

In 1957 the BBC removed the head of the Russian Service. Anatol Goldberg was by all accounts a remarkable broadcaster, tasked with coordinating, producing and narrating the BBC’s radio output to the USSR at one of the most volatile periods of the Cold War. Internal reports praised his navigation of the ‘complications’ of Russian programming.

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