In its fiscal year 2004 budget request to Congress, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (the Board) proposed the elimination of 17 Central and Eastern European language services managed by the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in order to free resources for higher-priority initiatives such as the war on terrorism. GAO was asked to examine (1) how the Board determines which language services should be proposed for reduction or termination and (2) the extent to which local media conditions are considered before a termination proposal is made. In addition, GAO's report provides summary analysis and conclusions relating to the media conditions in three countries impacted by the Board's language service termination decisions.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|U.S. Agency for Global Media||1. To improve the language service review process and facilitate future termination decisions, the Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors should modify the current process to include an assessment of whether domestic media provide accurate, balanced, and comprehensive news and information to national audiences.|