The BBC World Service marks its 80th birthday today.
In an age of digital the world service is traditionally picked up by Short Wave radio's throughout the world.
There is an interesting article on the BBC website showing how people listen to it.
Now I dare say some will argue in that in this age of austerity it should be cut. But I think this is short sighted, the World Service is a wonderful advert for the UK.
The world service is available on Medium Wave in the UK but reception I've found is poor. On DAB though it is excellent, and well worth a listen because it gives a very different slant on the news.