Thursday, February 04, 2010

VOA and Radio Marti Expand Radio Broadcasts to Latin America

Washington, DC, 02/03/2010
"A Fondo" is a new weeknight, Spanish-language radio program targeted toaudiences in Latin America and the Caribbean, providing vital news andinformation to a region where media freedom is under attack.With anchors at Voice of America studios in Washington, D.C. and the studiosof Radio Marti in Miami, Fl., the hour-long program utilizes the uniqueresources of both entities to provide local, national and international newsreports to audiences throughout the region. Call-in segments and interviewswith experts and government officials will provide facts and opinions thatare currently unavailable to listeners."A Fondo" (In Depth) debuted Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. EST (0100 UTC). It isavailable on shortwave, medium-wave, satellite and Internet at( It airs Monday to Friday.The program was developed in response to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez'sdecision to shut down cable and satellite TV channels last month for failingto broadcast a speech he made. The Venezuelan Government said the stations,including Radio Caracas Television (RCTV), failed to comply with newregulations mandating coverage of Chavez. Protests erupted after RCTV wasshuttered."The media crackdown in Venezuela demonstrates the need for accurate,reliable and comprehensive news and information to audiences throughout theregion. This program will help serve that need," said Alberto Mascaro,director of VOA's Latin America Division.The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency,supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian internationalbroadcasting, whose mission is to promote freedom and democracy and toenhance understanding through multimedia communication of accurate,objective, and balanced news, information, and other programming aboutAmerica and the world to audiences overseas. BBG broadcasting organizationsinclude the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the MiddleEast Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, andthe Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti).

(BBG Press Release)

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