Russia continues to gradually develop информационноепространство USA. Now, American audiences will be available "Voice of Russia". Radio program will be released in the mid frequencies of the two local radio stations — in New York and Washington. Presentation of the project was held today at the National Press Club.
On weekdays, scheduled for two three-hour information and news unit at the weekend — one: as the Russian capital at the time ahead of the U.S. for eight time zones, morning news programs in the U.S. will have to go with the comments of Russian experts. But much of the gear will be prepared in America, which has already opened in Washington, DC office and studio "Voice of Russia".
Together with the head of Russia’s Andrei Bystritsky participated in the presentation of local experts on Russia, as well as advocacy work, including the former director of the U.S. Information Agency, Joseph Duffy, a former adviser to the U.S. president on Russia Thomas Graham, acting head of the profile of the regional units "Voice of America" Eliza Biberadzha, a former Washington bureau chief of "Deutsche Welle" Rudiger Lentz.
They unanimously warned that the "Voice of Russia" in the U.S. will be a very difficult task: we must overcome the barriers of prejudice and distrust that remain from the time of the "cold war", and earning a reputation as a reliable and unbiased source of information.
Bystrytsky, of course, also understands this. But he believes that his company is still able to talk to the Americans in their own language and to communicate to them the position of Russia on major international issues, "We understand that the United States — a key player in the world today", — said the head of the "Voice of Russia" in the opening word.
However, and America is now facing great political and economic difficulties — both at home and in the international arena. Thomas Graham also noted that in the U.S. there is an urgent need to listen to alternative voices, especially on the events in the world. He recalled that in trying to understand the perturbations in the so-called "Arab Spring" this year, many Americans turned to television channel "Al Jazeera".
On the other hand, the representative of the "Goos America" was adamant that the ‘alternative vote’ does not need America, and Russia. He refused to acknowledge the outreach component in the work of its radio station, but that the ordinance must reflect the views of the U.S. government, and lamented the fact that his company did not give in Russia to create such a partnership with local broadcasters, like the one that appears now that his Russian colleagues.
However, both he and Bystrytsky while assuring that their companies have long cooperated with each other and are going to continue to do so. Representatives of the "Voice of Russia" confirms that the political obstacles top broadcasting in the U.S. no one repaired.
Airtime in the U.S. "The Voice of Russia" while rents. According Bystritskiy in dalneyshemtehnichesky broadcast format may vary. In particular, discussions are continuing with the satellite radio company "Sirius", which has about 27 million subscribers across the United States.
The target audience of the head of "Voice of Russia" sees so far in the political and business elite of the United States. Accordingly, selected the first city to get started. According to the content of the program will be primarily focused on coverage of international events, of course, focusing on the role and views of Moscow. Considerable, as noted Bystrytsky, will the cultural component of transfers.
The estimated cost of the project leader of the Russian company refused to name. But said that the figure will be "fairly modest" and in any case — calculated "not in the tens of millions" of dollars. Washington bureau staff will have to be of a total of a dozen people. In the nearest plans of "Voice of Russia", according to Bystritskiy, is also beginning work in Istanbul and London, ITAR-TASS reported.