VOA's Digital Tweaks Get Mixed Signals

Saturday, 11 Jun 2011 09:20 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
As the government's Voice of America broadcasting services undergo a 21st-century digital makeover, some proposed moves away from radio transmission to Web-casting and Facebook are causing static on Capitol Hill, The New York Times reports. Walter Isaacson, the veteran D.C. journalist who now runs the propaganda agency, is discovering that traditional VOA affiliates such as Radio and TV Martí and Radio Free Asia have powerful defenders in Congress.

A recent effort to shut down shortwave U.S. broadcasts to China, for example, ran smack into Rep. Dana Rohrabacker, R-Calif., who said that using only digital media to reach the Chinese would signal weakness to a global adversary. Isaacson expects similar resistance from the Cuban-American constituencies that back Radio and TV Martí.

“It’s going to take some tilling of the ground,” Isaacson said.

VOA must plug into the new communications matrix or risk becoming a relic at a time when the United States needs to get its viewpoint across to closed or hostile societies, he said.

“Yet in a brutal budget climate, the money for foreign broadcasting is shrinking,” the Times reports. “And the competition is relentless. In Egypt alone, 12 new commercial television channels have sprouted up since the January revolt.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ferguson Shooting Spurs Sharpton Get-Out-The Vote Effort

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 22:03 PM

With Tuesday's midterm elections approaching, the memory of Michael Brown – the Ferguson, Mo. man shot to death by polic . . .

Kansas Urges Judge Not to Rule on Gay Marriage

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 20:23 PM

The Kansas attorney general's office told a federal judge Friday that he should not consider blocking the state from enf . . .

Virgin Crash Sets Back Space Tourism by Years

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 18:55 PM

The deadly crash of Virgin Galactic's spacecraft has dealt a devastating setback to the cause of space tourism, delaying . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved