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15 December 2011

Mr. James Joyce, Program Director
British Mutual Broadcasting
24 Portland Place
London WIN48B
England

Dear, Mr. Joyce

I have been invited by the Federal Communications Commission to participate in a study of television news programming in European countries. The invitation came from Jill Andrews, FCC vice-chair, and I am, of course, delighted to take part in the project. As noted on the enclosed report, one function of this study will be to compare the news programming in countries that have a long history of free-access broadcasting with the programming in newly developed countries. I have been assigned to lead a study group to six European countries to gather first-hand information on this topic. We will be visiting England, France, Germany, Poland, Italy, and Switzerland on August 24 through September 3. In addition to myself our group will consist of the following members:

Name|Organization|Location|
Katherine Grant|WPQR-TV|Los Angeles, CA|
Arkady Gromov|National Public Radio|Washington, DC|
Manual Cruz|Miami Herald|Miami, FL|
Richard Logan|Cable News System|New York, NY|
Barbara Brooks|FCC|Washington, DC|
Our initial plans are to spend at least one full day in each of the countries meeting with the news programming staff of one or two of the major networks, touring their facilities, viewing recent broadcasts, and in general getting a firsthand view of actual news organizations and decision making. I would appreciate your contacting Barbara Brooks, our liaison at the Federal Communications Commission to let us know whether we may study your operation August 25.

Sincerely,

General Manager
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