Friday, January 20, 2006

L.A. Times: Nearly Zero Viewership of TV Marti in Cuba

January 20, 2006

Broadcasting a Vision of Democracy Into a Void

The U.S. has sunk nearly $200 million into TV Marti's programming aimed at Cuba. But one scholar estimates it has 'nearly zero viewership.'

By Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer

MIAMI — Tune in to TV Marti, and you can see anything from global news and hard-hitting documentaries to a sitcom with a bearded revolutionary wreaking havoc on a mythical island shaped a lot like Cuba.

But after 16 years and nearly $200 million from U.S. taxpayers, a question nags at its critics and even some who support the pro-democracy mission of the propaganda outlet: Is anyone in Cuba watching?

Full Los Angeles Times article

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