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VOA Discontinues Direct Broadcasts to Italy


Cold War Radio Museum

Cold War Radio Museum

Direct Voice of America broadcasts from Washington, DC to Italy ended on July 7, 1957.

The Voice of America studios were in New York from 1942 through 1953. The VOA headquarters moved from New York to Washington, DC after the Voice of America was transferred in 1953 from the U.S. State Department to the newly established U.S. Information Agency (USIA).

VOA had a minimal audience in English and other languages in Ireland, Great Britain, and Western European countries, which had free media. VOA never broadcast in Irish. Direct shortwave and medium wave Voice of America radio broadcasts to Western Europe were ended after World War II, as they had no significant audience.

Direct VOA broadcasts to Norway and to Holland were abolished in 1945, to Finland and Portugal in 1953 (VOA Portuguese broadcasts were restored in 1976), to Spain in 1955, to Italy in 1957, to Germany in 1960, to France in 1961. Still, some placement of VOA radio reports on local stations in several West European countries continued for various periods after direct broadcasts from the United States were discontinued.


Ted Lipien is the online Cold War Radio Museum's principal volunteer editor. He is an independent journalist, writer, and media freedom advocate. He was Voice of America’s Polish Service chief during Poland’s struggle for democracy and VOA’s acting associate director. He also served briefly in 2020-2021 as RFE/RL president in a non-political and non-partisan role. His book “Wojtyła’s Women” was published in 2008 by O-Books, UK. E-mail him at: