Report: US lose informojn and have to rebuild the international service
The US is losing the information war to their rivals and are in need of a change in the structure of international broadcasting, the Agency reports citing expert report, fell into the hands of reporters.
Paper prepared for the governing Council on the problems of broadcasting in the USA (BBG), based on estimates of 30 personnel diplomats and experts in international politics.
"The rivals with their anti-American messages inflate the information war - and win - as long as international broadcasting USA tries to keep up with competitors and changes in the media landscape. The strategy of international communications, the U.S. needs to be rebuilt from the ground ", - quotes Agency the text of the document.
The Agency emphasizes that the annual budget BBG is $ 730 million. Under the control of the Council are significant for foreign media audience, as the radio station "Voice of America" and " Radio Liberty ". The Deputy. Bureau of BBG for international broadcasting Jeff Trimble (Jeff Trimble) said that his unit started to fall in Ukraine in February 2014 created or expanded 25 programs mostly in Russian. According to the Agency, the Ministry is asking Congress for an additional fifteen million dollars each year to counter the Russian media.
Trimble said that the information war with Russia is " absolutely unequal conditions." According to his statement, the U.S. each year spend on the Russian-language service of about $ 20 million, while the budget of the Russian media in foreign languages is 400-500 million dollars.
at the same time BBG highlights some successes in its broadcasting policy: 2012-audience programs office (radio and online) in Ukraine has doubled - up to 7, 5 million people.