BBC cost-cutting leads to 80s news repeats on Falklands

The BBC was today accused of excessive cutbacks, as news on the Falklands War and the Ethiopian famine was repeated nearly 30 years after it was first broadcast.

The director-general claimed that the organisation was committed to delivering ‘classic and modern bulletins in its News programmes’, and denied that repeating items every 30 years was excessive.

Supporters of the repeats have pointed out that re-runs of the Germans invading Europe provided the mainstay of the BBC’s news agenda in the 40s, and that US channels had been repeating news of Americans invading random countries every five years without complaint.


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