Category Archives: Press Release

BBG Marks the Loss of David Burke, the Board’s First Chairman

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors today paid tribute to David Burke, the first chairman of the agency’s governing board and a veteran news executive, who died late last week at age 78. “David Burke was a media giant and a leading figure in advancing freedom of the press worldwide,” said Jeff Read more »

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BBG Announces 2014 Burke Award Winners

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At its meeting today, the Broadcasting Board of Governors announced the winners of the 2014 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Awards for exceptional integrity, bravery, and originality in reporting. The 2014 winners represent each of the BBG networks and have tackled topics ranging from ethnic conflict Read more »

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VOA Co-Produces Dangdut Singing Competition for National Television in Indonesia

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Question: What do you get when you blend Arabic, Indian and Indonesian music? Answer: Dangdut.  And what do you get when American singers compete to be the best in the U.S. at Dangdut, a genre that has millions of fans in Indonesia? Read more »

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Russia Clamps Down Further on U.S. International Media

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, visits the headquarters of "Russia Today" TV channel in Moscow, Russia, (AP Photo/Yuri Kochetkov, Pool)

The Broadcasting Board of Governors has condemned a recent decision by Russian authorities to cut off all remaining radio transmissions by U.S. international media in Russia. In a one-sentence letter dated March 21, Dmitry Kiselev, the director of the information agency Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today), Read more »

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VOA Marks 20 Years Since Rwandan Genocide with Panel Event on the Role of Mass Media

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Twenty years ago this month a killing spree began in a small country in Central Africa.  Several weeks went by before the world learned the extent of the killings – learned that a genocide was under way in Rwanda.  We now know Read more »

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BBG to Become More Nimble and Streamlined Under the FY15 Budget Request

RFE/RL correspondent Andriy Dubchak reporting live in Kyiv, Dec 2013

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2014) – The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) today released its detailed Fiscal Year 2015 budget request.  The agency, which oversees civilian international news and information programs for people in more than 100 countries, is seeking $721.26 million to meet strategic priorities, Read more »

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Killing of RFI Baghdad Bureau Chief Prompts Shock, Outrage Among BBG Board

RFE/RL Baghdad Bureau Chief Mohammed Bdaiwi Owaid Al-Shammari

WASHINGTON (March 22, 2014) — The senseless death today of the Baghdad bureau chief of RFE/RL’s Radio Free Iraq has shocked the members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, who called for the immediate arrest of the Iraqi presidential guard accused in his shooting. “Dr. Read more »

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RFE/RL’s Baghdad Bureau Chief Shot Dead

RFE/RL Baghdad Bureau Chief Mohammed Bdaiwi Owaid Al-Shammari

BAGHDAD – An Iraqi presidential guard has shot dead the Baghdad bureau chief of RFE/RL’s Radio Free Iraq (RFI), Mohammed Bdaiwi Obaid al-Shammari. The shooting occurred on March 22 at the gate of the compound housing RFI’s offices in Jadriyah neighborhood. Witnesses said Shammari was driving Read more »

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John Kerry Tells VOA U.S. Is Ready To Impose More Sanctions on Russia For Its Actions in Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry interviewed by VOA Persian's Siamak Deghanpour

WASHINGTON (March 20, 2014) — Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is “prepared to respond very, very strongly with additional, serious, sector sanctions” if Russia continues to engage in illegal activities in Ukraine.  The secretary made the comment in an exclusive interview Read more »

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Television Viewership Ubiquitous in Egypt

L-R: MBN Director of Audience Research Diana Turecek, Gallup Senior Analyst and Senior Practice Consultant Mohamed Younis

WASHINGTON (March 13, 2014) – Despite the political changes that have occurred in Egypt over the past several years, the media sources upon which people are relying for news and information have not changed significantly, according to media research data released today by the Broadcasting Board Read more »

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