This week's USIB news: 1) New program to Venezuela on shortwave via Greenville. 2) Greenville will close.

Posted: 04 Feb 2010

"'A Fondo' is a new weeknight, Spanish-language radio program targeted to audiences in Latin America and the Caribbean, providing vital news and information to a region where media freedom is under attack. With anchors at Voice of America studios in Washington, D.C. and the studios of Radio Marti in Miami, Fl., the hour-long program utilizes the unique resources of both entities to provide local, national and international news reports to audiences throughout the region. Call-in segments and interviews with experts and government officials will provide facts and opinions that are currently unavailable to listeners. 'A Fondo' (In Depth) debuted Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. EST (0100 UTC). It is available on shortwave, medium-wave, satellite and Internet at ( It airs Monday to Friday.
The program was developed in response to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's decision to shut down cable and satellite TV channels last month for failing to broadcast a speech he made." Broadcasting Board of Governors press release, 3 February 2010. See previous post about same subject.
     "The federal government wants to close the Voice of America transmission site located in Pitt County [near Greenville, North Carolina]. President Obama‚Äôs Fiscal Year 2011 budget for the Broadcasting Board of Governors recommends funding increases to update satellite and other broadcasting technology. But the improvements come at the loss of the Pitt County Voice of America site and reductions in engineering staffing. The site opened in 1963 in eastern Pitt County near the Black Jack community. Closing the location should save the agency $3.1 million... . 'The justification that we have received for the closing of the Greenville Voice of America site is very thin,' [US Rep. Walter] Jones said. 'We need to get to the bottom of this before any further action is taken.'" Ginger Livingston, The Daily Reflector (Greenville), 3 February 2010. See previous post about same subject.

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