Monday, December 18, 2006

Radio & TV Marti to face investigation

The Miami Herald reports that the Inspector General’s Office has launched a broad look at the operations of the Office for Cuban Broadcasting, which runs Radio and TV Martí.

The investigators will be searching for evidence of fraud, mismanagement and misuse of taxpayer dollars. According to the Herald, viewership of TV Martí has continued to plunge - just one of 1,500 Cubans polled by the government in 2005 said they were able to see the station - and radio’s weekly audience has dropped from 1.7 percent of Cuba’s adult population in 2003 to 1.2 percent last year. Broadcasting Board of Governors spokesman Joe O’Connell said the drop was not “statistically significant.”
(R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)