On Friday’s edition of The Link, Mark Montgomery spoke with Amanda Pfeffer about how international radio is being cut around the world and, more specifically, Canada. They discuss how this happened, who is aware of it and if there is any way to save the service.
It’s an informative segment (though see my correction below).
Since this is one of several features in the show, I’ve recorded this specific segment and posted it for listening below.
You can also listen to the segment by downloading the mp3 here.
Please note that Amanda is a little mis-leading about the bureaucratic structure of US international broadcasting. It is rather confusing.
The BBG (Broadcasting Board of Governors) is the governing body of US international Broadcasting. The IBB (International Broadcasting Bureau) is over all of the broadcast/transmission facilities, engineering functions, human resources, finances and other agency support services. To be clear, the Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe, Radio Marti and the Middle East Broadcasting Network all take direction from the BBG, not the IBB.
The organizational chart (below) can shed some light on this.