Media Highlights – September 27, 2012

Media Highlights – September 27, 2012

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Radio takes voice of Tibetans across the worldThe Times of India, September 27, 2012
Radio stations like Radio Free Asia, Voice of America and Voice of Tibet, based in Norway, have dedicated Tibetan language sections and are playing a vital role in disseminating information worldwide, about this meeting. These radio stations are helping broadcast proceedings of the meeting, from the speech of the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile to reactions of delegates.

There’s No Iron in Putin’s CurtainBloomberg, September 26, 2012
The Cold War is back. Russia’s moves to expel the U.S. Agency for International Development and effectively strip U.S.-funded Radio Liberty of its broadcast license are just the latest manifestations of a harsh reality: In today’s Moscow, any connection with the U.S. practically guarantees bureaucratic problems.

The end of ‘Liberty’openDemocracy, September 26, 2012
In Soviet days foreign radio stations were a lifeline for people seeking another point of view. They continued broadcasting after the collapse of the USSR, though the BBC Russian Service programmes went online only in 2009. Now US-funded Radio Liberty is closing its doors. Mumin Shakirov, a special correspondent made redundant by the closure, reflects on the passing of an age.
[Related: Steve Korn On Changes To RFE/RL’s Radio Svoboda]

Media Citations of BBG Broadcasters

Billionaire Alexander Lebedev: One More ‘Hooligan’ For RussiaInternational Business Times, September 26, 2012
“I don’t see any reason for anybody fabricating a case like that unless they want to put you into prison, pushing you through the judiciary system which, as we all know in Pussy Riot’s and other cases, has nothing to do with justice,” he said, according to Voice of America.

US formally announces lifting of Burmese import banMizzima News, September 27, 2012
Thein Sein said the Burmese people were “very pleased” with the easing of economic sanctions and “very grateful” for the US action, according to an article on the Radio Free Asia website on Thursday.
In the foreign-language press:

Delivering of remittance profitable business in NK black marketsMBC (South Korean TV, 9/24/12).
Money changers in North Korea black markets are involved in a business of remittance inside and outside of North Korea and they get a 2% commission on each transaction, Radio Free Asia reported on 9/24/12.

Of Interest

Iranian Channel Decries ‘Assassination’ of Its Correspondent in SyriaNew York Times, September 26, 2012
Iran’s state-run Press TV reports that one of its correspondents was shot and killed by sniper fire on Wednesday in central Damascus, in an attack that also wounded the satellite news channel’s bureau chief in the Syrian capital.

Radio experiments with cross-border programmingExchange4Media, September 27, 2012
While medium such as print, broadcast and digital have figured ways and measures to reach out to international audiences, radio too seems to have joined the bandwagon; it is adopting the cross-over format to overcome geographical boundaries.

How People Get Local News and Information in Different CommunitiesPew Research Center, September 26, 2012
In January, 2011 the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and Internet & American Life Project, in partnership with the Knight Foundation, conducted a nationally representative telephone survey of U.S. adults exploring local news consumption habits. Overall, the survey indicated that most adults follow what is happening in their local communities and that the local news ecosystem is complex. Rather than relying on one or two main sources of local news, most adults use a wide variety of both traditional and online sources depending on which local topic they are seeking information about.