NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 29, 1977
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(Studio) USSR complains with regard to US-supported radio stations, Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe, broadcasting into USSR and eastern Europe from West Germany.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Munich, West Germany) 2 stations were formed by CIA in 1950's as Cold War propaganda tools; both operate from Munich studios. CIA dropped out 6 years ago and stations now more independent, but news-gathering is mainly of facts with regard to Soviet bloc that those govts. don't want people to hear. Estimated audience noted. Sovs. spend much money to jam radio signals. President Carter has approved budget increase to allow Radio Free Europe to up power. [Chief engineer Earnal CAMPBELL - conservative estimate of additional audience with power boost is 10 million or more.] USSR has stopped jamming VOA and BBC, but Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe are under incring. attack as meddling in internal affairs. 2 stations say they're not in propaganda business, but in free exchange of ideas, doctrine 1st adopted in 1949 and reaffirmed 2 years ago at Helsinki.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs
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