The boss of the BBC World Service’s Cantonese- and Mandarin-language service has had her invitation to the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony withdrawn, the broadcaster confirmed today. Lorna Ball, the head of BBC Chinese, had been invited by state broadcaster China Radio International to the August 8 ceremony but will not now be travelling to China. BBC spokesman Mark Gardner said: “The invitation was withdrawn and we have not received an explanation.”
Ball often hosts talks on media freedom in China, including a forum at the London School of Economics last November, which was attended mainly by British-based Chinese students. The BBC spokesman said that one BBC Chinese journalist had been granted accreditation to cover the Olympics.
- (Source: AFP)