FG 352 (National Commission on International Radio Broadcasting) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


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Organizational Note

The President created the National Commission on International Radio Broadcasting on August 10, 1972, as a Presidential advisory committee functioning within the jurisdiction of the Executive Office of the President. The Committee was terminated in May 1973.

The Commission reviewed the free flow of information among nations and the role that Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe played  in that process. The Commission also reviewed the alternative arrangements possible, for providing future government support to Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, and made recommendations to the President.

The Commission recommended the creation, by congressional action, of a Board for International Broadcasting. The Board as a public institution would receive appropriated funds for allocation to Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. The Commission also recommended that a study be made of the feasibility of using joint broadcasting facilities designed to meet the needs of all broadcasting supported by the United Sates, the possibility of joint use of transmission facilities of the Voice of American and the two other radio stations, and that steps taken as soon feasible to begin renovation and modernization of the technical facilities of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.

The Committee consisted of five members appointed by the President. Members were selected for their knowledge of and experience in public affairs and international relations.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums and press releases. Primary correspondents include the President and White House staff, John Dean, William E. Timmons, Bruce Kehrli, Al Haig, Henry A. Kissinger, Jerry H. Jones, Brent Scowcroft, Fred Malek, Senator J. William Fulbright and Dr. Milton S. Eisenhower.

The terms "Executive" [Ex] and "General" [Gen] are used before the code FG 352 to identify the source of the materials within a specific file. The files designated [Ex] are communications between national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, members of Congress and other prominent people. Files designated [Gen] are communications between government officials and private citizens, institutions and other private interests.

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