C-Span’s Look at U.S. International Broadcasting

C-Span’s “The Communicators” recently took a look at U.S. international broadcasting, interviewing officials from the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), Voice of America (VOA) and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN).

Carlos Garcia-Perez, director of the OCB, which runs Radio and TV Marti, discussed the U. S. -backed news and information channel intended for Cuba.

David Ensor, director of the VOA, discussed how the U.S. government-funded national and international news and information network is changing. Ensor discussed how VOA works, how it has changed since it was established in 1942, and the platforms on which it currently operates.

Brian Conniff, president of MBN, discussed the mission of U.S. government-backed broadcasts to the Middle East. Conniff also discussed how the networks have changed since their launch in 2002, and the networks’ role in the Arab Spring.