Further memorandum from the Foreign and
I enclose revised versions of two key instruments
governing the FCO's relationship with the BBC World Service. These
are the FCO/BBC World Service Broadcasting Agreement and the FCO/BBC
Financial Memorandum. Both were substantially rewritten in 1999
and have now been further revised in accordance with the requirement
to review them every three years. The revised texts were adopted
and signed at the Annual Ministerial meeting with the World Service
on 17 June. The further revisions do not break new ground and
are largely structural or formal eg insertion of references to
relevant parts of the BBC Charter and Agreement.
I thought it right to let you know that we have
reviewed our relationship with the World Service as required and
to let you have copies of the revised instruments.
Dr Denis MacShane
Foreign and Commonwealth Office