Letter: BBC gives viewers the silent treatment

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Sir: Margaret Drabble's open letter to John Birt (11 April) prompts me to write and say that I have had a similar experience with the BBC. Twice I wrote to the corporation to inquire what, if any, plans it had to go international and put BBC 1 and/or BBC 2 on satellite to enable a potentially huge audience in Europe to receive British domestic television.

People in Europe are clamouring for it, and Britain would benefit. Twice I received no reply. Now that I know that not even Margaret Drabble is afforded the simple courtesy of an acknowledgement, what hope do I have?

Yours sincerely,

PAUL HORSTRUP

London, SE10

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