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October 7, 1957
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Approved FotRelease 2000/08/27 : CIA-RDP78.011634R000300030050-1 NCONFIDENTIAL OPERATIONS COORDINATING BOARD Washington 25, D.C. October 7, 1957 ~EMORANDDN OF MrETING: ?Jorking Group - Committee on Broadcasting and Television (COBAT) 30th Meeting held 10:00 A.M. October 4 Conference Room 2040 HEW Building Working Group Members Present: USIA - Mr. Robert E, Button, Chairman State - Mrs. Florence Dowling (alternate) ICA - Dr. Gerald Winfield CIA - Representative present Defense - Col. M. E. Williamson CCB Staff - Mr, Ralph Busick Marjorie Denny Others Present: Major Stanley Rodby (Defense) Mr. Richard Black (State) representing TPIB 1. A paper was distributed to the members of COBAT supplying information on the World Wide Broadcasting System, Inc. This company owns and operates WRUL, the only privately owned and operated international broadcasting station in the United States. However, although ostensibly public enterprise, WRUL operates under a subsidy of ti;350.,000 in the USIA budget and USIA supervises its programs directed to Latin America. The Chairman felt that government agencies involved in international broadcasting should be aware of the possi- bility of the sale of the facilities of TJRUL, as the U.S. Government would not want this station to get into the wrong hands. An inventory of NRUL facili- ties will be prepared before discussion of this item at the next meeting.. 2. The Chairman discussed the possible need for a psychological warfare operation directed toward North Vietnam. A paper will be prepared for the next meeting recommending that such a program be initiated. There have been indications that the Defense Department might be interested in such an operation but the stumbling block has been the number of foreign troops in Vietnams The Defense member agreed to present his Departmentts views on this subject at the next meeting. 3. The institution of a ham operator show for the Curtain areas, as a source of certain information of interest to various agencies was next discussed. The VOA had a 15 minute "ham" show for nearly four years, but it can no longer afford such a program. It is therefore now asking for support from another agency for a few minutes on its worldwide English broadcast to be devoted to the interests of ham operators around the world. This was an extremely popular program and., in the view of the Chairman, is the type of thing which should be kept open as a people-to-people contact; additionally, such a program should be supported for technical-monitoring purposes. Approved For Release 2000/08/27 : CIA-RDP78-01634R00003,1 DOS/USIA declassification & release instructions on file Approved Fc elease 2000/08/27 : CIA-RDP7 j0 634R000300030050-1 CONFIDENTIAL 44, Copies of a paper on "Off-hour use of VOA transmittersrr were distributed for exploration and discussion at the next meeting, This paper suggests that RFE and RLN might use certain VOA. shortwave transmitters not now being fully utilized by VOA 5,, The Chairman spoke of COBAT's need to establish a basic position o n televisions, The Jackson Committee recommended that the U.S. should be prepared to provide assistance to television industries in other countries while those industries are in their formative stages. COBAT was therefore set up as an inter-agency committee expressly for this purpose. But in order to carry out the Jackson Committee recommendation., it is necessary that each member agency establish its own position in the television field. A paper on this subject will be prepared for discussion at the next meeting. The discussion of East-West program exchange was stricken from the agenda because this subject is being considered by the Working Group for Radio and TVExchange (the Merrill Committee), an ad hoc group set up under the CCB Special Committee on Soviet and Related Problems. 7. The ICA Representative reported on the development of a transistor receives ;which vi ll operate in the standard bands on four flashlight batteries. The total?Gost of the parts of this receiver is .;:13.11, which puts it within the buying power of the upper half of the population of developing countries such as Vietnam, Libya and Ethiopia. ICA is making arrangements for the manu- facture of these receivers by private industry in countries developing indigenous radio systems. It is attempting to see that export rights are restricted, that some profit control is set up, and that manufacture shall not be on a monopoly basis in any country. The implications of developing indigenous systems on standard bands were discussed. 8. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved. The next meeting will be at the call of the Chairman, Ralph R. Busick Staff Representative CONFIDENTIAL Approved For Release 2000/08/27 : CIA-RDP78-01634R000300030050-1