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USIS Geneva Conference Operation l8 United States Information Agei wyqDES P. NO. - - Appmoued For Release 7Q ,rt01634ROO031?093UQ39-4 FOREIGN SERVICE DESPATCH FROM TO REF a -;M17 / (Geneva T O U S I N Ya .1957 WASh INGTON. L (Letter F A IBS/' ``.NW21 3.9 9009919 P' OTHER IV 58 j~ O a (,4 m OIR (Soviet Orbit Broadcasters) Proposal to EBU (European Broadcasting Urdon) members sUMN1 RY,ss Leo Wallenborn ; EBU directors reports concerted effortt rapprochement, both chnical and program, by the AsoR - nist dominated OIR. jt currently offering indi- vidual U members series of,rradio and TT programs entitled "Science in Service of Peao EBU meeting In Lausanne Nov. 23-25 showed solid front in r ecti offer. However, possible some individual services may offer to examine the series although Wallenborn thinks unlikely* First replies from Europe definitely negative some interest expressed in Far East,,, however, with a definite yes from Ceylon, Wa..enm born to be replaced at EBU by Swiss Charles Gillieron? l0 Leo W llenborn, director of the European Broadcasting Bong confirms that the offer of the communist dominated OIR (Organization of International Radio) with headquarters in Prague, has, started a new series of bids for }ast,West cooperation. He considers the offer of the series "Science In the Service of Peace" a maJar bid in this direction, There have been other off ers s both programming and tech.nical4 The communist itch for technical cooperation Is confirmed by Gerald Gross Assistant Secretary General of the ITUe Both If Wallenborn and Gross consider that the current campaign is serious and well planned and may have some effect in shaking the resolve of EBU members to have nothing to do with the OILS Iowever9 there have been no signs of such defection within the European group as yete 2 m The OIR was the original European broadcasters' agency of cooperation, However, it vas captured by the gists soon after 1946 and moved bodily to Prague in 191+8. The EBU was then set up by the free nations with Wallenborn as executive director. 3, Wallenborn estimates that the communists have skillfully planned the current appeal to go directly to the individual national broadcasters rather than the EBU, largely as a result of regular EBU rebuffs to previous OIR moves. The EBU actually has only a very - -Tstuarts Mil-enersrsa- _ - __ .._ CQ IDENTI&L_ REPORTER Approved For Release 20 M CW1i-DP?8-Oi634R000300030039-4 *State Department Ded''iifiLi~lF~i'I~~t~tiYse~ty~Yations.r Approved For Release 20 End. No._. 4R000WQ93O39" From- Us?> $ S v _ Cflh loose LIAISON ROLE in ;,h r,-f;ent ttc~?~~? t . nc3 there is only a. general exchange of I f o-rra.tion, usur.il ly in r?es'Ponse to : _icit - tion, sometimes raepea ted, by the EPU secretariat,, This was the procedures followed retarding the current 0111 offer. Wallenhor?n believes that the science series is 1,,itched toward forcing o wedge into the University of tl-,e-Air,, started by the French RDIP West European systems- of radio a-And TV r,articina te,9 It is a set ,.- - ate organization from the E13U al. though h,~ving; links, As noted in Genevags TOUSI 1;-J"71, TTerr Bec; ann the intendant of Radio F`ran'.,.~. furt9 is - very actie 1 s~a(3er in the University's Executive Committees s nd Inforration :,: ;a.y be obtained throurl-). him. ~ ..s to the other meanb .:rs have responded, Wailenborn said he believe '. that the French ;a d been no.ri-comiri.ittal but expressed `ri llir rzr, :: to examine the CIR rn,teri..i before ~ ssin final Judgment. Poi inc is a parti.e?I'll -0ant in the University of the Air E,xc.hari es, A copy of the Urzi.vers ?P_tyg `, charter" Is enc:io sed,, 4m Wa.lienborn shored Stuart three replies he has received to his circa la.r latter of Nov. 1`5 h.a Finland, in a letter signe(3 by Jussi Koskil.i. oz. a., its radio director9 said flatly he has no intention of entertaining the OIR offer. Sweden, in a letter sign. by N. 0 Fri. en., added the comment vrith its rejection that '"Swddi: radio has no intention. to ;a.rticinate In any acL Lvity in which 0 takes the i_nitia.tivea" The Austrians also noted that their nets=sot!. does not contemi late any such exchans o .; 5e Bar telephone on Deck l2tb -an. interview hoIng irs~ ossi die to Wallop orn.g: il_lness~~?..is office informed 11alaer that the fart radio poor] e say t? ey have not received an OIR offer as ye but that they are in accord with the negative stand t?,. en by ot;4 EBU merit rs,, Radio Netherlands has also sent a, negative rep as has the South i frica.n -i"adlc,, 60 Wa].f.o_nborng s office fur?th.er told 11iener t"1-1a.t it has been. i)- formed by Radio Ceylon that it will actively participate in the 01-P program and h~;.as already scheduled nne series fora next April and another for May,. It has said that it, will later send the texts of 1duc:.1. ...x'11( T` 3.r these series to Paar;:is t i~rr .ass e c .tressed inter :. 7. The E?3U offlc(- also said t'.'-).a est in o9 to i nine; details of the 0II programs, scy:me of which it M already received. It ha--,s invited submission of scripts for use as 4P background mateeria..h. 8, Wallenborrn it leaving his EB I post en rt: mch. He ,sill ~t replaced by Charles Gillieron of Sww.witzerl and, As of Nov, 27th9 Gillieron's titles are listed ass Secretary G eneral. of the Dire C0I1 IDE 1TiAL Approved For Release 2000/08/27 : CIA-RDP78-01634R000300030039-4 Page ~_ _ ~ol 3 Approved For Releae 200 1OQ f' iA 01634_ 00300 b3' a4---1 (Classification) Desp. N.._J? A_ From_.la` ,q/Z T Director of the Administration of the EBtJ; President of the Socfete l Romande de Radiodiffuslon:9 Lausanne; vice-president of the Swiss Broadcasting Society, President of Courts of Aigle Vaud and Pays d l nb ut # raz. c o Further information will. bo sent on biu later,, 9? This office will continue to keep in touch with Wa lenborn and k~orle s to see Lir lithin two weeks for more details on answers so far recoived Ii C7 n-Iny new responses comng ino E. I ? Wiener, Jr. acting Public Affairs Office: .Rne: 13oo'.,.Iet on University of the Air (CO NP rat -- - ? IDENr 1.AL Approved For Release 20 /--27--:--CIA-RDP78--016-3-4-000300030039-4