Washington, D.C., March 21, 2005 - The Spanish-language service of the Voice of America (VOA) today celebrates its 45th year of broadcasting to Latin America.
The Spanish Service, in addition to its regularly broadcast radio reports and programs, also provides special reports for affiliate stations and produces television and Internet news. While most programs are still designed for general interest, the Service has also increased its effectiveness by developing specialized programs - Enfoque Andino (Andean Focus) for countries in the Andean region, and Ventana a Cuba (Window on Cuba) for VOA's audience in Cuba.
VOA Spanish Service journalists have conducted thousands of interviews with prominent people in a variety of fields over the years. Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá Sardinas called VOA "the ideal medium to inform Cubans about...the need for the liberation of the political process in Cuba." Earlier this year, Álvaro Uribe, President of Colombia, congratulated the Voice of America "for its hard work in the international broadcast field."
VOA airs three hours of Spanish radio broadcasts daily, a weekday television news program, Desde Washington (From Washington), and a weekly Spanish-language current affairs television program, Foro Interamericano (Inter-American Forum), that airs on Fridays. All programs are available at www.VOANews.com/Spanish.
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, including Spanish.
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