After spending millions of dollars to reach few, if any, viewers, the United States should "pull the plug" on Television Marti broadcasts to Cuba, a congressman says.
The government spent $1.7 million to convert the broadcasts from VHF to UHF in October. But Rep. David Skaggs, D-Colo., on Thursday cited an unscientific government survey that indicated the programing is still failing to reach Cubans.The survey of 284 people who applied in Havana for U.S. visas found only four who claimed they had watched a TV Marti program within the previous seven days. Skaggs said even their claims were in doubt. Cuba has been jamming the broadcasts into Havana since they were started in 1989.