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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Text of Al-Quds Al-Arabi report: "BBC Launches Arabic Television Channel to Compete with Al-Jazeera, Will Have to Close 10 Foreign Broadcasts in Return for Channel That Wins Arab Hearts", published by London-based newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi on 26 October
The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, has unveiled plans to introduce structural changes that are the biggest in its history in order to launch an Arabic television channel that competes with Al-Jazeera. However, in pursuing this venture, which seeks to boost the presence of British politics in the region, the BBC will have to restructure its World Service by shutting down 10 language services, eight of which target European audiences.