The BBC will eliminate its weekly English language radio broadcasts to the Caribbean, effective March 31.

The move, part of a slew of cost-cutting measures, also affects BBC global broadcasts in Portuguese, Albanian, Serbian and Macedonian.

BBC’s Caribbean broadcasts began in 1939 with Calling the West Indies, a program that featured West Indies troops on duty in World War II reading letters to families back home.

A program called Caribbean Voices aired from 1943 to 1958 and showcased the works of Caribbean writers.

The service closed in the mid-1970s but reopened in 1988 with news and current affairs programming.

BBC’s three-hour weekly content reached 850,000 listeners throughout the Caribbean.


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