Two independent broadcast specialists have won the Foreign Office contracts to run British Satellite News (BSN) and London Radio Service (LRS), writes Steve Clarke.
World TV will take over the BSN contract, worth around£6 million over three years, while Medialink International has landed the radio contract, valued at around£4.5 million.

The losers were United News and Phoenix Television. APTN, the incumbent on both contracts, pulled out of the competition following fears that continuing to service the Foreign Office with a British news service might compromise Associated Press' reputation for editorial objectivity.

The U-turn by APTN was a factor in last week's resignation of chief executive Derek Taylor. Two AP veterans are being tipped to succeed him: Steve Miller, head of the agency's German service, and Abner Katzman, deputy head of AP World Service in New York.

Stuart Maister, senior vice-president of Medialink International, said: 'We are privileged to have been entrusted with this important responsibility by the Foreign Office and are enthusiastic about our ability to greatly increase the usage of this radio content.'

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