Biden wants $20 million for Cuba programs, not including Radio & TV Martí

The Biden administration is requesting $58.5 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development for 2022, a 10% increase over this year’s budget. The proposed budget includes $20 million for democracy programs targeting Cuba, the same level of funding as 2021. Also included in the budget: $141 million for Colombia, down … Read more

Inspector General: Radio & TV Martí failed to communicate

In 2018, Radio and TV Martí broadcast a video raising conspiracy theories about Jewish philanthropist George Soros and calling him a “non-practicing Jew of flexible morals.” Lawmakers and others criticized the network, asking why U.S. taxpayers were funding anti-Semitic broadcasts. Eight staffers were eventually fired, the Miami Herald reported in 2019. The episode triggered investigations … Read more

The fat cats at Radio & TV Martí

The average salary at the Office of Cuba Broadcasting in Miami in 2018 was $109,208.04. That was more than double the average wage of $48,240 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tomás Regalado, the former mayor of Miami, had the highest salary. He was director … Read more

Cuba broadcasting tied to U.S. national security

If a lack of funding triggers a government shutdown, any federal employees caught working face potential fines of up to $5,000 and two years in jail. But government activities considered necessary “for the safety of human life or the protection of property” or “for conducting foreign relations essential to national security” are allowed to continue … Read more

U.S. network hopes to reach 2.5 million Cubans in 2020

The U.S. Agency for Global Media released its 2018 annual report today. The agency oversees the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, which is based in Miami. Here are excerpts related to Cuba: In August, OCB began a partnership with Freedom House on a new project called Cubano conoce tus derechos (Cuban, Know Your Rights). … Read more