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Voice of America (VOA) Sponsors Radio Broadcasting Workshop with Bangladesh Betar

The 3-day workshop will include sessions on the role of an independent media, styles, and the role of research.

DHAKA, Bangladesh, April 28, 2005 – The Voice of America (VOA) is sponsoring a three-day workshop on radio broadcasting for journalists and editors at Bangladesh Betar, the country’s largest electronic media organization.

The training, May 3-5, 2005, will be conducted by two well-known journalists, Iqbal Bahar Choudhury, chief of the VOA Bangla Service, and Arnold Zeitlin, former Associated Press correspondent in Southeast Asia.

The program will open with a ceremony at the National Institute of Mass Communication in Dhaka at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2005. Representatives from Bangladesh Betar, the U.S. Embassy and NIMCO are expected to attend.

“We’re delighted that we’re able to work closely with broadcasters and officials at Bangladesh Betar, which plays such an important role in providing news and information throughout the country,” said David Jackson, VOA’s director.

The training will include sessions on the role of an independent media, covering news and feature stories effectively, using different styles in broadcasting and the role of research. Shafi Sami, Bangladesh’s former Foreign Secretary, will conduct a mock press conference for the participants.

For more information, contact:

Iqbal Bahar Choudhury
Dhaka Sheraton
Monoj Roy
919431301081 - cell
919831020203 - cell

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 Bangla and 43 other languages, including English.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 401-7000, or E-mail