Hong Kong’s public broadcasting service is set to halt its 24-hour BBC World Service broadcast and replace it with Chinese state programming.
The move was intended to “enhance the cultural exchange between the mainland and Hong Kong,” a spokesperson for the broadcaster said.
From 4 September, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) will instead transmit the state-run China National Radio Hong Kong Edition, which features programmes including news in Mandarin.
The broadcaster, which is run as a government department, said it was making the change because its Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) service was ending next month.  
The government decided in March to halt all digital channels in the city state, saying the fast development of the internet had replaced traditional services.
Eight hours of BBC World Service will still be played live for eight hours overnight on Radio 4, from 11pm to 7am on a daily basis, RTHK said.
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