Danish public broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) is being pressurised by the government to scrap plans to close its foreign language news services. A few weeks ago, DR said it was going to close down DR International, which produces news in English, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Somali, and southern-Slavic languages. The decision was part of a plan to save nearly DKK 100 million (13 million euro).
But Minister of Culture Brian Mikkelsen declared at a meeting of the parliamentary cultural committee that he would investigate whether the programming could be saved. He stressed that he could not get involved in the actual decision about cancelling DR International, because that decision was made by the board of trustees. Offering the news in foreign languages was not a part of the public service contract between the Ministry of Culture and DR, according to Mikkelsen.
Danmarks Radio has just relaunched its website, and for those who don’t speak Danish the pages in foreign languages are harder to find. You have to click on ‘Andre sprog’ (other languages) in order to see a list of available news services. An easier way is to click on this link and bookmark the page.