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Virginia radio company cuts ties with China after getting static

Added 01-21-22 03:23:02pm EST - “A Virginia radio company that was paid millions of dollars to broadcast Chinese Communist Party propaganda says it has cut ties with China after it came under scrutiny, including for a $100,000 small business loan it received during…” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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A Virginia radio company that was paid millions of dollars to broadcast Chinese Communist Party propaganda says it has cut ties with China after it came under scrutiny, including for a $100,000 small business loan it received during the pandemic.

Brian Lane, co-owner of the Potomac Radio Group, told the Washington Examiner this week the station is changing its programming format and will no longer do Beijing's bidding.

“We are no longer carrying Chinese content," Lane said. "We are changing to a time brokerage station that will carry various programming, including Spanish programming.”

A registration under the Foreign Agents Registration Act by Potomac in December said the “foreign principal” for Potomac was the China Global Television Network, which is under the control of the CCP’s Publicity Department. Potomac owns WCRW AM 1190, which is heard in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The company admitted it had been paid close to $4.4 million by CGTN and CCP-affiliated China Radio International from 2019 to 2021.

But a new FARA filing submitted last week revealed Potomac had ended its relationship with CGTN. The company also contended it had not received payments from China in the past six months but added: “CHINA GLOBAL TELEVISION NETWORK (CGTN): The registrants expects final payment.”

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