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VOA Expands Broadcasts to Indonesia


VOA news reports can now be seen on a dozen national and regional television stations in Indonesia, with more than 10 million Indonesians regularly tuning in to VOA's radio and television broadcasts.

Washington, D.C., August 16, 2005 - In response to requests from major television stations in Indonesia for more programming from Voice of America, VOA is launching three Indonesian language news and information television programs this week:

1. Kilas VOA (VOA Newsflash) will provide regional stations, the fastest growing segment of the Indonesian television industry, with brief reports of the world's top news stories. Kilas VOA will be produced twice a day at 5:30-5:35 a.m. (2230 to 2235 UTC) and 8:00-8:05 p.m. (1300-1305 UTC) Monday through Friday in Indonesia.

2. VOA Good Morning is a five-minute feature on American life and culture that Trans TV will air twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. (0200 to 0230 UTC) on its popular Good Morning show. Trans is one of the top national television stations in Indonesia.

3. Live from Washington is a 5-minute interactive exchange between Indonesian-speaking reporters at VOA's headquarters in Washington D.C., and the anchors of Metro TV in Jakarta that will air during Metro TV's late night newscast, Metro Malam, on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 11:30 p.m. to 12:00 midnight (1630 to 1700 UTC). The Wednesday programs will focus on the major news events of the day. On Saturdays, Live from Washington will turn to feature reports and U.S. infotainment news for weekend viewers. Metro TV is Indonesia's national all-news station. Metro already carries Jurnal VOA at 5:05 a.m. (2205 UTC) Mondays through Fridays and Dunia Kita on Mondays at 1:05 p.m. (0605 UTC).

VOA news reports can now be seen on a dozen national and regional television stations in Indonesia, with more than 7 million Indonesians regularly tuning in to VOA's radio and television broadcasts. VOA's Indonesian Internet site is at www.VOAindonesia.com.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 100 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 401-7000, or E-Mail publicaffairs@voa.gov.

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