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TV Marti: Costs and Compliance With Broadcast Standards and International Agreements

NSIAD-92-199 Published: May 06, 1992. Publicly Released: May 13, 1992.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined TV Marti's: (1) cost since inception, including the value of support services provided by other agencies; (2) compliance with Voice of America broadcast standards; and (3) compliance with international agreements.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
United States Information Agency The Director of the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) should direct the Voice of America (VOA) to institute procedures to ensure that TV Marti's broadcasts meet established VOA standards.
Closed – Implemented
USIA has created an external program review committee of qualified independent critics who convene every 6 months to evaluate TV Marti news and programs against criteria established by VOA as described in the VOA Programming Handbook. The first external review panel met on December 11, 1992. A second external panel review of TV Marti newscasts has been scheduled for May/June 1993.

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