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January 20, 2012, Washington, DC -- Richard Lobo has been appointed by the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Philip Murphy, to the RIAS Berlin Commission, a bi-national organization that promotes German-American understanding in the field of broadcasting.  With historic roots tied to "Radio in the American Sector" of Berlin following World War II and founded in 1992, the Commission's mission today is to promote the exchange of persons and information in the field of broadcast journalism between Germany and the United States. 
"I am honored to join this bi-national commission which fosters excellence in our profession of broadcast journalism as well as transatlantic understanding," Lobo said. "The great history of RIAS reinforces the undeniable value of balanced news and information historically in Germany as well in today's volatile international climate," he added.
The Commission consists of ten members, five from Germany and five from the U.S.  
Since 1994, a total of 1,201 American and German journalists have participated in RIAS's unique transatlantic professional exchanges.  In addition, the RIAS Berlin Commission annually presents awards for radio, TV and Internet productions that make special contributions to mutual understanding between the people of Germany and the United States. 
Lobo is the Presidentially-appointed, and Senate-confirmed Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau, and operates as an extension of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in its oversight of U.S. international broadcasting.  He provides day-to-day management of BBG operations including oversight of the technical, professional, and administrative support as well as strategic guidance and management of other programs. Additionally, Lobo serves as the principal liaison for the Board with other U.S. government agencies, foreign governments and private-sector organizations.
For more information about the RIAS Berlin Commission visit http://www.riasberlin.de/

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