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Cold War on the AirwavesThe Radio Propaganda War against East Germany$
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Nicholas J. Schlosser

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039690

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039690.001.0001

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RIAS and the Berlin Crisis of 1958–1961

RIAS and the Berlin Crisis of 1958–1961

(p.135) 6 RIAS and the Berlin Crisis of 1958–1961
Cold War on the Airwaves
Nicholas J. Schlosser
University of Illinois Press

This chapter chronicles how Nikita Khrushchev's efforts to bring about a decisive solution to the Berlin question during the late 1950s affected RIAS. It also recounts how RIAS confronted the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. As discussed in the previous chapter, RIAS faced a series of new challenges during the period following the 1953 uprising in East Germany, eventually leading to the second Berlin crisis. Moreover, cuts to the United States Information Agency's budget filtered down to RIAS, leading many of its staff to look for better-paying positions elsewhere. Beginning in 1954, RIAS staff seeking alternative employment could look to the newly created Radio Free Berlin (SFB), West Berlin's first public independent broadcaster. SFB's creation would alter the media landscape in Berlin.

Keywords:   Nikita Khrushchev, Berlin Wall, Berlin crises, Radio Free Berlin, SFB, Berlin media

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