Some would argue it was about time to eliminate a news operation that produces radio and television broadcasts aimed at Cuba, but are blocked by that country and hardly seen. That’s not happening yet… but Radio and TV Martí will be experiencing cuts.
Frances Robles, from the Miami Herald, reports 20% of employees at the anti-Castro stations will be laid off, in light of a $2.4 million dollar cut to the program’s budget.
Additionally, the format of the U.S.-funded broadcasts will change. Radio Martí will be all news, while TV Martí will air 5 minute news updates every half hour. Both stations employ a combined 160 people and will now have a budget of $32.4 million.