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South Asia Wired Blog is put to bed

Faithful readers may have gleaned by now that South Asia Wired is due to be axed due to severe budget cuts for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

As part of the most massive re-organization in its 65 year history, Radio Netherlands will lose 70% of its funding.  Out of some 370 journalists and support staff, only 100 will remain in the new RNW.

RNW’s new mandate is to exclusively focus on Free Speech for selected regions and alas, South Asia is not one of them.  I would like to redirect blog readers to our website which will continue its web and audio production till 1 July 2012. 

Thanks to all readers and participants for your comments and feedback over the years.

4 Comments on “South Asia Wired Blog is put to bed”

  1. #1 jasmin
    on May 3rd, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Sorry to know about this, Dheera. It has always been a pleasure to read your thoughts on various issues. Wishing you all the best for your future ventures as a journalist and writer.

  2. #2 Dheera
    on May 9th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Thanks Jasmin for being such a faithful follower for so long. Hopefully the future Radio Netherlands will continue to provide interesting stories for South Asian audiences so as they say - stay tuned.

  3. #3 David Berridge
    on May 16th, 2012 at 4:06 am

    This is very sad news indeed, as I had thought this website would have survived the cutbacks. Such is life, and it must go on. I shall keep looking for your words of insight and wisdom in any other journalistic endeavour you may undertake, Dheera. It has been wonderful to have known you over quite a few years through short wave radio and the inernet. I have had a computer problem for the last few months and have only got it recently corrected. If you can, please let us know what will come next for you, so as many of us can keep up as we can.

  4. #4 Dheera
    on Jun 6th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    David and Jasmin I hope you get this in time.
    We would love to call you to record a goodbye message - if you read this before 25th June, please send me a mail: with your phone number and we will call you back. Regards

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