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April 23, 1957
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25X1A Approved For Release 2D /08/27: CIA-RDP78-01634R0003000 54-7 CO FIDENTIAL OPERATIONS COORDINATING BOARD Washington 25, NO. MEMORANDUM OF MEETING: Working Group - Committee on Broadcasting and Television (COB T) 27th Meeting held 10:15 A,M. April 23, 1957 COB Conference Room #357 Working Group Members Present: USI(! - Robert E. Button, Chairman Frederick A. Long, Alternate CIA - Representative present ICA - Gerald Winfield Defense - Lt. Col. M, E. Williamson State - William A. McFadden Mrs. Florence Dowling, alternate 0CB Staff--Ralph R. Dusick, Staff Representative Marjorie M. Denny, Staff Aes.s;ant 1. The minutes of the April 12 meeting were adopted with minor revisions. A corrected version is being distributed with this memorandum. With reference to Para. l.c. the Chairman informed the Committee that, although COBAT would concentrate on television projects, it would co iaue to coordinate projects inv&lvin aid to foreign govo?.-nm nts in the es a olisnmen _ o_ .~eir radio bx?oa cas _ g systems. 2, The Chairman informed COBAT of a despatch from Beirut (No? 38 of April 3, 1957, Confidential) on the basis of which he asked the Committee to reconsider and support the Beirut TV project. A paper proposing reactivation of the project for strategic reasons, and exploring possible sources of support, will be prepared for consideration at the next meeting. 3. With reference to extending an invitation to Indian TV technicians to visit the U.S. for training, the ICA representative stated that hI agency had no project on TV-Communications in India under which it could extend such an invitation. The working group agreed that this problem might possibly be worked out through an 10E .S . grant Q The project of establishing an educational TV station at Rawalpindi for informing and training the Pakistan Armed Forces was discussed. w'~e Defense Department has stated its position on the project; i,,e,,, that it will furnish technical and program advice as requested. The State Department CONFIDENTIAL Approved For Release 2000/08/27 : CIA-RDP78-01634R000300030054-7 USIA declassification & release instructions on file Approved For Release 2/08/27: CIA-RDP78-01634R0003000 054-7 CONFIDENTIAL WNW representative stated that since the project definitely came within USIA 9 s Military Motivation Program, the only question would be whether the project outlined were the most expeditious way to accomplish the desired mission. Ne ICA representative informed the Committee of a draft policy statement being prepared in his office which,, if finally cleared, would change. ICAls position somewhat so as to allow for possible participation in such projects. 5. Concerning the study on the development of educational TV for Indonesia, the ICA representative reported that, although this project had been considered, it had not been approved. 6. Teheran TV was next discussed. ICA informed that two technicleis were being sent to Teheran. The Defence Representative reported that a request was coming into the Department of De "ense for the establishmwn t of an Armed Forces W station in Teheran, and there was therefore the possibility that the military might cooperate with the commercial operation. The State Department representative suggested that, in view of the many other demands in Iran, it would be well to request a roundup of all available information from the Mission. The Committee agreed that a joint State-USIA-ICA message, to be drafted by State, should be sent to Teheran concerning this 7itaa.tion. 7. Discussion of the possibility of TV in Morocco was deferred until the next meeting, by which time more data on this situation will be available. The next meeting will be at the call of the Chairman. Ralph R. Busiok Staff Represeriative Attachgent: Corrected version of minutes of April 12 meeting. Approved For Release 2000/08/27 : CIA-RDP78-01634R000300030054-7