BBG wants to end VOA Chinese broadcasts on the anniversary of the establishment of communist China.
“On Valentine’s Day, the BBG announced to all the employees of the VOA’s China branch its proposal to eliminate VOA shortwave radio and TV broadcasts to China on October 1. By switching to Web-only operations, the BBG told us, $8 million would be saved. Forty-five journalists (38 Mandarin and seven Cantonese, 59 percent of the branch’s full-time employees) would lose their jobs.”
— Huchen Zhang, Senior Editor, Voice of America China Branch