History

The Broadcasting Board Governors (BBG) became the independent entity responsible for all U.S. Government and government-sponsored, non-military, international broadcasting on October 1, 1999.

With enactment of the 1998 Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act (Public Law 105-277), the BBG assumed authority for the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and its broadcasting services – the Voice of America (VOA) and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB). The Board also oversees three grantee organizations, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN).

The interactive timeline below highlights some of the key moments in the history of U.S. international media.

  • 2014 Annual Report

  • Imprisoned in Azerbaijan

    “RFE”RL

    Investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova was arrested and detained on Dec 5, 2014. On Sept 1, 2015 she was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.


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  • Board Meetings

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  • Legislation

    Landmark legislation governing U.S. international broadcasting can be found here.
  • Former Governors

    Some of the nation's top leaders in international media and public diplomacy have served on the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Click here to read more about this distinguished group.
  • Board in Action Through the Years

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  • Contact Us

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    330 Independence Ave., SW
    Washington, DC, 20237
    (202) 203-4400
    publicaffairs@bbg.gov
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