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RIAS Berlin Commission

The RIAS Berlin Commission is a binational organization for the promotion of German-American understanding in the field of broadcasting.

Pursuant to the Agreement signed on May 19, 1992 between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the United States of America the RIAS Berlin Commission promotes the exchange of persons and information in the field of broadcast journalism between the two countries.

More than 1,700 German and U.S. journalists have taken part in the no-strings-attached RIAS Berlin Commission fellowship programs since they were inaugurated in 1992 after the Cold War-era radio and TV network in Berlin known as “Radio in the American Sector” (RIAS) was switched off. They are part of a growing network of RIAS fellows who have taken part in the exchange programs.