Board Meeting- June 23

Impact Beyond Reach

At the June 23 meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Directors, CEO John Lansing hosted a panel discussion on measuring impact. That discussion was streamed on Facebook Live and is available now for viewing.

Khadija Free

Khadija Ismayilova Released

On May 25, investigative journalists and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova was released from jail after the Azerbaijan Supreme Court revised her sentence. Read statements by the BBG CEO John Lansing and Chairman Jeff Shell on the release.

VOA Journos

VOA Journalists Beaten In Pakistan And Iraq

Voice of America journalists were beaten and harassed by authorities in Pakistan and Iraq earlier this week. One of the journalists was a reporter for VOA Deewa and the other for VOA Kurdish. Read More


BBG Meets with Secretary Kerry

"I applaud the reforms that BBG’s new leadership has already taken, and I congratulate CEO John Lansing for the energy and enthusiasm he has brought to the organization.”  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.    Read More

Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett Sworn In as New VOA Director

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amanda Bennett was sworn in on April 18, 2016 as the 29th Director of the Voice of America (VOA). Read More


Media Consumption In Iraq; Are Mobiles Changing The Way Iraqis Get Their News?

While television remains the most popular source of news and information in Iraq, Iraqis and Iraqi Kurds increasingly are turning to non-traditional sources such as the internet and mobile phones to follow current events. Read More

BBG Meeting Focuses on Networks’ Delivery, Measurement of Impact

(L-R) IBB Director of Research Sonja Gloeckle, Ernie Torriero, director of VOA's Extremism Watch Desk, and OCB Chief Content Officer Natalia Crujerias accounted for three people of the panel that discussed impact  during Thursday's BBG Board meeting.

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors met Thursday at its Washington, D.C., headquarters to receive status reports on important initiatives and to discuss BBG networks’ reach and impact with target audiences. In a panel discussion moderated by CEO and Director John F. Lansing, representatives […]

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BBG to Meet, Discuss Agency’s Impact Model


WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors will meet on June 23, 2016 at 9:45 a.m. at its Washington, D.C. headquarters. In addition to Board business, the Board will adopt resolutions honoring the 65th anniversary of VOA’s Armenian service, the 65th anniversary of VOA’s Georgian […]

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BBG Networks Provide Timely News, Analysis on Orlando Attack

A woman lays flowers at an impromptu memorial in memory of the victims of the Orlando nightclub attack at the U.S, Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

For many around the world, BBG networks are serving as the only source of accurate and unbiased coverage of Sunday’s terrorist attack in Orlando, piecing together stories on an incident that has sparked debate on a series of controversial issues such as terrorism, homosexuality, gun […]

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty announces Thomas Kent as new President

RFE/RL President Thomas Kent

WASHINGTON – Thomas Kent a long time Associated Press journalist has been appointed the new President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Chairman of the network’s Board of Directors Jeff Shell announced today. “Tom was chosen in a competitive selection process from a strong field […]

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Statement by CEO John Lansing on the Deaths of Two NPR Journalists in Afghanistan

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The CEO and Director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, John F. Lansing, has expressed his condolences over the deaths of two NPR journalists on Sunday in Afghanistan.  Photojournalist David Gilkey and his interpreter, Zabihullah Tamanna, were traveling with an Afghan army unit when their […]

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RFE/RL Russian Service Audio Archives — Now Online


WASHINGTON –RFE/RL recently welcomed the publication of an online, fully searchable database of audio programs produced over decades by its Russian Service, known as Radio Svoboda. RFE/RL Editor in Chief Nenad Pejic called the initiative a “shining example of cooperation and commitment” among RFE/RL and […]

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Alhurra Goes to the Egyptian Streets with New Program


(Springfield, Va.)- Alhurra Television launches Egypt Talks, a weekly program which  roams Egypt and brings the latest on topics of importance to the Egyptian viewers. The new live program, which combines field reporting and studio interviews, tackles a broad range of topics including: political, security, […]

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Ismayilova Freed From Prison But Intent On Justice


WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 — Elated but defiant, RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova walked out of prison in Baku today after Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court suspended her jail sentence, vowing to take the Azerbaijani government to court to hold it accountable for concocting a case against her on […]

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Voice of America Journalist Arrested and Beaten in Angola

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A Voice of America reporter was arrested and beaten by police in Angola while on assignment Tuesday, May 24. “I am outraged that VOA’s journalist in Luanda was so viciously attacked simply for doing his job,” VOA Director Amanda Bennett said. “Intimidation of VOA reporters […]

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Board Chairman’s Statement on the Release of Khadija Ismayilova

Jeff Shell

Today is a great day, but it is only one step in a long fight for press freedom in Azerbaijan. We remain committed to informing, engaging and connecting the people of Azerbaijan in support of freedom and democracy, and we look forward to celebrating more press freedom victories like today’s.

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