Paris Attacks

Middle East Broadcasting Networks Cover Paris Attacks

Alhurra and Radio Sawa provided up-to-the-minute, accurate information on the Paris attacks and subsequent calls for unity to their audiences in the Middle East. More info

Khadija

BBG Board Denounces Arrest of Khadija Ismayilova

“Khadija’s arrest is just another attempt by the Azeri government to silence its critics and restrict press freedom in Azerbaijan,” said Chairman Jeff Shell.  Read More

Board Meeting (post)

BBG Welcomes New Members, Examines IBB

With the announcement of three new members, the Broadcasting Board of Governors met on December 18 at its Washington, D.C. headquarters to examine in detail the function, structure and activities of the International Broadcasting Bureau. More

Our Neighborhood

Cairo Comes To Life On Alhurra TV

Alhurra Television's new series Our Neighborhood, takes an in-depth look at the communities in Cairo, which is home to more than 18 million people.  Read More

Audience

U.S. International Media Attract Record Audience Of 215 Million

The BBG’s networks draw a record-high audience of 215 million people each week, according to a new report. This includes noteworthy increases in competitive media markets, on television and online. Read More

Ebola

Ebola Experts And Survivors Address VOA Town Hall

VOA’s weekly television show Straight Talk Africa was the forum for a town hall meeting on Ebola. A live studio audience and viewer participation via social media created a dynamic environment for a wide-ranging discussion focused on the Ebola crisis in western Africa. Read More

Azerbaijan Doubles Journalist’s Jail Time

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  WASHINGTON – An Azeri court on January 27 extended the pre-trial detention of independent journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova for an additional two months, in a decision that ignores international condemnation of her imprisonment.  “We are devastated by this decision, which lacks any […]

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MBN Provides Coverage of King Abdullah’s Death and President Obama’s Visit to Saudi Arabia

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When news of the death of Saudi King Abdullah was announced, Alhurra Television and Radio Sawa were one of the first networks to report on it, pre-empting regular programming to bring breaking news coverage to the region. Both networks provided extensive analysis of King Salman’s […]

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BBG Networks Bring State of the Union to Audiences Around the World

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Audiences around the world were able to witness one of the fundamental elements of American democracy as President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress on January 20. The networks of the BBG provided comprehensive coverage of the address, as well […]

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Members of Congress React to the State of the Union Speech on Alhurra

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Alhurra Television’s live coverage of the State of the Union speech and the Republican response was followed by interviews with several members of Congress. Alhurra’s Congressional Correspondent, reporting from the Capitol Rotunda, spoke to them to get their reaction to the speech and their views […]

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New Platform for VOA Television in Africa

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new agreement between Voice of America and a South Africa-based company, Tuluntulu, paves the way for Africans to watch VOA English-language television on their mobile devices regardless of the network that they use.“We are thrilled,” says Sheila Gandji, Director of VOA […]

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MBN’s Coverage of the Crisis in Yemen

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As Houthi rebels closed in on the presidential palace calling for reforms, Alhurra Television and Radio Sawa’s correspondents were there to give audiences a first-hand account of the chaos in the streets of Sana’a. Alhurra quickly focused its resources and programming on the crisis in […]

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New CEO Andy Lack Sworn In to Lead BBG

Jeff Shell, Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, congratulates Andy Lack after swearing him in as the first ever CEO of U.S. international media.

WASHINGTON – Respected journalist and media executive Andrew Lack was sworn-in today as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the federal agency that oversees the five networks and broadcasting operations of U.S. international media. Those networks include the Voice […]

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Alhurra and Radio Sawa Report on Al-Azhar’s Calls for Dialogue with Shia Leaders

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In a story that has been under reported or ignored by most Arabic media outlets, Egypt’s top Islamic body’s call for dialogue to end extremist behavior. By contrast,  Alhurra and Radio Sawa’s news coverage has been providing extra focus on Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s most prestigious […]

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Witness to ISIL’s Destruction Tells His Story to Alhurra-Iraq TV

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In an exclusive interview with Alurra-Iraq TV, Abou Mohammad, who fled from Mosul to Baghdad to escape the violence brought on by ISIL, discussed the daily suffering of people in Mosul living under the extremists group’s control. He told Alhurra-Iraq that elementary schools in Mosul were […]

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TV Use Overtakes Radio in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON — Research data from the Broadcasting Board of Governors and Gallup shows that the media market in Afghanistan is primarily split between radio and television. While Afghanistan remains one of the few media markets in which shortwave radio use is still in the double […]

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  • The Board

    • Jeffrey Shell
    • Dr. Leon Aron
    • Matt Armstrong
    • Michael Kempner
    • John Forbes Kerry
    • Karen Kornbluh
    • Kenneth Weinstein
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