The U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors has proposed to the U.S. Congress that Voice of America (VOA) broadcasts in Turkish be ended, sources said on Tuesday.
If U.S. President George W. Bush approves the 2007 draft budget submitted to Congress without any changes, then the VOA's 12 hours of radio broadcasts and 30-minute TV broadcasts in Turkish every week and Turkish on its website will end as of Oct. 1.
Besides the broadcasts in Turkish, the proposal also includes terminating VOA broadcasts in Greek, Croatian, Georgian and Thai, and VOA radio broadcasts in Russia and Hindi will end while TV programs in these languages will continue, under the new proposal.
However the VOA's radio broadcasts in Kurdish and TV broadcasts in Armenian would continue.
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