Saturday, August 14, 2004

End of VOA Uzbekistan

In a widely criticized move, Voice of America has ended Uzbek radio broadcasts. Officials cite technical and financial constraints for this, but it definitely fits into the broader picture frequently painted by Abu Aardvark about how the Bush administration is shiftng our foreign broadcasting services in a rather problematic direction. One point made in the article is the use of information about the size of the listening audience and how that consideration shouldn't be as relevant in Central Asia. That made me wonder if there's a level of analysis here that people aren't pursuing? What sort of people has Bush appointed to head these efforts? Are they perhaps drawn from an American business background, and this unfamiliar with the issues related to American broadcasting efforts in other regions of the world? I don't know, but stories like this make me wonder.


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