WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the board of Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty Inc. announced Tuesday the appointment of writer-broadcaster George Bailey as director of Radio Liberty effective Sept. 1.
The announcement described Bailey as a former correspondent and executive editor of Reporter magazine and an ABC News correspondent in Europe for 25 years.
Since 1974, it said, he has been coordinating editor of Kontinent, a quarterly magazine on Soviet and European developments, published in Paris.
During and immediately following World war II, Bailey was U.S. Army liaison officer with the Red Army, and in 1945 he acted as interpreter and translator in Russian and German at the surrender negotiations.
Bailey, 63, received the Overseas Press Club award for best magazine reporting of foreign affairs in 1959.
The New York Times Tueday described Bailey as having had 'associations with the CIA,' primarily because of his editorship of Reporter magazine, which has been reported to have received secret CIA financing before it closed in 1968.
Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were covertly financed by the CIA until 1971, when Congress took over the financing of the two stations.