Accession Number : ADA282605

Title :   International Broadcasting: Construction of U.S. Radio Relay Station in Israel.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

Report Date : MAR 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : Negotiations between the governments of the United States and Israel to establish a U.S. shortwave radio relay station in Israel began in March 1985. Engineering studies by the Board for International Broadcasting (BIB) and the Voice of America (VOA) had shown that a new relay station located in the Middle East would deliver a reliable signal into the USSR's Central Asian republics. Eastern Europe, the sub-Sahara region, and Southwest Asia. Negotiations were concluded in the spring of 1987, and an agreement was signed on June 18, 1987, providing for joint use of the station by BIB's grantee Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and the U.S. Information Agency's (USA) VOA. The terms of the agreement call for the facility to be designed by a U.S. or Israeli company and built by an Israeli contractor using U.S. manufactured transmitters and antennas. The agreement runs for 25 years from the date of the first operational broadcast and is renewable, by mutual consent. Construction of the station is scheduled for completion in 1993.

Descriptors :   *RADIO RELAY STATIONS, RADIO BROADCASTING, CONSTRUCTION, ISRAEL, COSTS, SHORT WAVELENGTHS.

Subject Categories : Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE