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Last Updated: Friday, 31 March 2006, 22:53 GMT 23:53 UK
Falklands BBC radio show finishes
Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands have a population of about 2,300 people
BBC radio programme Calling the Falklands has been broadcast for the last time after 62 years.

The twice-weekly show provided a round-up of news and personal messages to the remote South Atlantic islands.

The programme broke numerous stories during the conflict that followed Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982.

The final 15-minute show was broadcast on Friday, a month after the BBC revealed the show was to end.

During that war, presenter Peter King ended each show with the phrase "Keep Your Heads Down and Your Hearts High".

Since the war, British prime ministers have recorded a regular Christmas message to the Falkland islands.

'Historical ties'

After it emerged that the programme was to end, the director of BBC World Service, Nigel Chapman, said a new agreement between the BBC and the Falklands would help development of media on the islands.

"This new agreement builds on the strong historical ties between the BBC and the Falkland Islands' broadcasting sector," he said.

"We believe this agreement will better serve Islanders in the multi-media age and will help speed the Falkland Islands Radio Service's growing maturity as a vital home-grown element in the wide ranging Falklands' media sector."

Under the agreement, the BBC will continue to supply BBC World Service programming, free of charge, for rebroadcast by the Falkland Islands Radio Service (FIRS).




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