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CUSIB ‘Outraged’ at BBG Budget Proposal

Group questions cuts chosen and ‘strategic objective’

The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting, a private nonprofit interest group focusing on broadcast and news distribution, spared no words in its response to last week’s Broadcasting Board of Governors budget proposals for FY2013.

The organization said it is “outraged by the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ Budget for FY2013 that proposes to cut and reduce Voice of America (VOA) English and foreign language programs and positions, as well as programs and positions at Radio Free Asia (RFA) and at other U.S. government-funded international broadcasting entities managed by the BBG.”

In a release the group added: “We oppose the BBG’s efforts to eviscerate core news services provided by the Voice of America and other broadcasters while using U.S.-taxpayer resources to inflate the ranks of the BBG management.”

The release listed and protested a number of proposed cuts, including shutting down Tibetan and Cantonese-language radio services along with reductions in many others. It also questioned the BBG’s long-term “strategic objective.”

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