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US-Funded Broadcasts for Cuba Airing in Florida

Some television stations in the southeastern U.S. state of Florida have agreed to begin broadcasting U.S.-funded news programs intended for viewers in Cuba.

Broadcasting officials say Cubans with satellite dishes also will be able to view the programs of TV Marti. South Florida residents will receive the signals from Miami area broadcast stations.

U.S. law (Smith-Mundt Act) prohibits most government-funded programs from being broadcast in U.S. territory. But officials with the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors say these broadcasts are exempt from the restriction because Cuba's government jams other TV Marti signals.

Cuban officials have criticized the U.S. broadcasts for containing what they call subversive information.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors oversees Radio and TV Marti, as well as the Voice of America and other international broadcasts.