The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is both the name of the independent federal agency that oversees all U.S. civilian international media and the name of the board that governs those broadcasts.
The BBG’s Mission
The BBG’s mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. To learn more about the BBG’s mission, please click here.
The Board Members
The Board is composed of nine members with expertise in the fields of mass communications, broadcast media, or international affairs. Read more about the Board here.
Broadcasters within the BBG network include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti). Read more about the broadcasters here.
The Committee on Foreign Relations in the Senate and the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the House have jurisdiction over non-military U.S. international broadcasting. The Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate appropriate funds for U.S. international broadcasting on an annual basis and provide program and policy guidance or direction for the use of appropriated funds. These committees also have oversight authority over BBG programs. Read more about these oversight committees.
Landmark legislation governing U.S. international broadcasting can be found here.