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Radio Sweden to cut German and Russian departments

"Hopefully this merger between Radio Sweden and Ekot will only make things better"
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Swedish Radio announced on Thursday morning that it will drop two of Radio Sweden's language departments, Russian and German, this spring.

Radio Sweden currently offers news and views about Sweden in English, Arabic, Somali, Persian, Kurdish, German, Russian and Romani.

Explaining the decision to drop the Russian and German offerings, head of Radio Sweden, Ingemar Löfgren, said, "German and Russian are a remainder of the old overseas service for Radio Sweden, which no longer fits into our task to reflect the whole diversity in Sweden."

Structural changes announced Thursday also include moving the English, Arabic, Somali, Persian and Kurdish language departments under the auspices of Swedish Radio News, or Ekot.

It is still hard to say exactly how this will change Radio Sweden's content, says Kris Boswell, Head of Output, but he thinks it may change things for the better.

"Hopefully this will only make things better. This merger means that Radio Sweden's workers and journalists will be able to use all the power of the Ekot newsroom, which is the biggest newsroom at Swedish Radio. So, hopefully we can help them and they can help us," Boswell says.

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