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Radio Berlin International
Radio Berlin International was the international broadcaster for the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). It started in May 1959 to counter Deutsche Welle, the West German international broadcaster. Much of its output was news reports and information about the GDR. It offered a very professional and much more balanced (compared to other Eastern European broadcasters) perspective on life in a socialist country. The broadcaster stopped on 2 October 1990 as the two Germanies merged together. Much of its staff and facilities were taken over by Deutsche Welle.
Radio Berlin broadcast in many languages, with many of its announcers at the different services -- such as English, French and even Danish -- coming from their country's respective communist parties. It was one of the major international broadcasters of the "cold war" era.
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