Friday, October 01, 2010

BBG chairman announcers new directions for external broadcasting

Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Chairman Walter Isaacson last night announced a new direction for US international broadcasting that “seizes on the latest media tools and technology to stay one step ahead of those who seek to repress free information around the world.” As Chairman of the BBG, Mr Isaacson oversees RFE, VOA, Radio Free Asia, Radio/TV Martí, Radio Sawa, and Alhurra TV, which have a combined weekly audience of more than 171 million people.

“The challenges we face in the new global struggle against repression and intolerance are as great today as they were during the Cold War,” he said at a reception marking the 60th anniversary of RFE’s first broadcast. “And just as the founders of Radio Free Europe succeeded in developing creative and innovative ways to get news and information to people suffering behind the Iron Curtain, so too must today’s US international broadcasters respond to modern threats to freedom in new and inventive ways.”

Speaking at the Newseum in Washington, DC, Mr Isaacson said, “America cannot let itself be out-communicated by its enemies. Our traditional role of delivering the news top down needs to be complimented by a new approach that catalyzes social networks,” said Isaacson. “By creating peer-to-peer global communities, we help guarantee the universal human right of access to the free flow of information.”
(Source: RFE/RL/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)