New study examines output of Foreign Broadcast Information Service and BBC Monitoring.

Posted: 03 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
"'The Scope of FBIS and BBC Open Source Media Coverage, 1979–2008,' by Kalev Leetaru. For nearly 70 years, the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) monitored the world’s airwaves and other news outlets, transcribing and translating selected contents into English and in the process creating a multi-million page historical archive of the global news media. Yet, FBIS material has not been widely utilized in the academic content analysis community, perhaps because relatively little is known about the scope of the content that is digitally available to researchers in this field. This article, researched and written by a specialist in the field, contains a brief overview of the service — reestablished as the Open Source Center in 2004 — and a statistical examination of the unclassified FBIS material produced from July 1993 through July 2004 — a period during which FBIS produced and distributed CDs of its selected material. Examined are language preferences, distribution of monitored sources, and topical and geographic emphases. The author examines the output of a similar service provided by the British Broadcasting Service (BBC), known as the Summary of World Broadcasts (SWB)." Paper available as pdf file from The INT for Cross-National Academic Research, Central Intelligence Agency, 29 March 2010. FBIS was, and Open Source Center is, part of the CIA. Excuse my lack of intelligence in this matter, but does INT stand for "intelligence team," or just "intelligence," or something else?