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VOA TV 'News Capsule' Reaches Bosnia and Herzogovina

Washington, D.C., Oct. 1, 2004 — The Voice of America's Bosnian Service has launched a new television News Capsule report Monday through Friday as a special service to affiliates in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the surrounding region. The brief news update will supplement Studio Washington, VOA Bosnian's live, half-hour television news program that is widely watched in the region.

"Our news briefs from Washington are tailored for prime-time evening news programs so that television networks and stations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and throughout the region can broaden their international coverage for their audiences," said VOA Director David S. Jackson. "We've found these to be a valued resource especially for TV stations that don't have Washington bureaus."

The Bosnian Federation Prime Minister Ahmet Hadzpasic has said that VOA Bosnian television programs are "part of almost every home in Bosnia" because of their "objective and balanced" reporting. Among the broadcasters using the reports are HAYAT, the largest Voice of America affiliate in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Mostar Television, which has relied on VOA's reports on the U.S. presidential campaign. Several of VOA's News Capsule stories this week have dealt with preparations for Thursday's debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John F. Kerry.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government. VOA broadcasts almost 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of 96 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages, including Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Serbian to the Balkans.

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