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Radio and TV Marti blasted

Government investigators accuse the federal agency that oversees radio and television broadcasts to Cuba of awarding more than $1 million in contracts to two Miami news outlets without following regular contract-bid procedures.

In a report issued Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office said the International Broadcasting Bureau failed to follow federal contract-awarding regulations when it authorized no-bid deals totaling about $1.1 million for WAQI Radio Mambí 710 AM and TV Azteca.

The 30-page report is the first of a series of GAO reports on the operations of Radio and TV Martí, which beam commentary, entertainment and news to Cuba under the Miami-based Office of Cuba Broadcasting.

Read more here.