The Cold War may be long over, but the US Congress continues to fund Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty to “inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.” Both entities are supervised by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).
Yesterday, as three Russian journalists prepared to discuss the role of the Putin-Era Press in a Thursday live stream (see our article for details), the BBG launched a Russian-language TV news network called Current Time. It’s designed to provide a worldwide audience – but particularly in Russia, Central Europe and Eastern Europe – with “professional, objective and trustworthy information,” said BBG CEO and Director John Lansing.
“Current Time is professional, independent journalism for those looking to broaden their media choices in a media space dominated by Kremlin-controlled disinformation and propaganda,” Lansing continued. “Through its fact-based journalism and features, Current Time reflects our profound belief in honest and accurate reporting as the best defense against falsehoods.”
Current Time began as a daily half-hour news program with the same name in 2014. The daily lineup on the new network features hourly live newscasts. in programs covering business, entrepreneurship, civil society and culture, and documentaries.
The network’s primary distribution is via cable, with affiliates in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Germany and Israel. But there’s also a live Internet stream, which Americans can watch at www.currenttime.tv.
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