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Michael Lynton Becomes the BBG’s Interim Presiding Governor

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Washington, DC – Following the departure of Chairman Walter Isaacson, the Broadcasting Board of Governors today unanimously approved BBG member Michael Lynton as its new interim presiding governor. “It is a pleasure to work with this multi-talented, bipartisan board, and an honor to be elected Read more »

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VOA’s Health Program for Women in Tanzania

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Washington, D.C. — Women and young girls in Tanzania are talking about critical health issues on a new VOA radio show called Crossroads: Healthy Decisions for the Youth. The 30-minute Swahili language program examines crucial health-related decisions made by young girls, decisions that could impact Read more »

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VOA Director Condemns Iranian Satellite Jamming

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Washington, D.C. — VOA Director David Ensor has condemned Iranian satellite jamming in a new blog posted on the Voice of America Public Relations webpage, www.insidevoa.com. From the VOA Director: Satellites are extraordinary devices, hovering quietly above the earth, beaming everyone’s favorite TV shows into Read more »

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Lynne Weil Named Director of Communications and External Affairs at BBG

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Washington, D.C. — Lynne Weil has been named Director of Communications and External Affairs of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). Weil will act as the Board’s primary strategist on communications and outreach activities, and as the Board’s chief advisor for Congressional and external affairs. Read more »

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International Broadcasters Call for End of Satellite Jamming

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Geneva, Switzerland — Five of the largest international broadcasters have called upon delegates now convening in Geneva for an international treaty-making conference to address the problem of intentional interference with satellite transmissions. The practice, known as “satellite uplink jamming,” seeks to disrupt international broadcast coverage. Read more »

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VOA Steps up TV Coverage in Burma

VOA Burmese Service Chief Than Lwin Htun and co-anchor Nyo Nyo Lwin.

Washington, D.C. — VOA is adding more news to its Burmese language TV news magazine.  Starting Tuesday morning at 7:00 am local time, the half-hour show begins with a new fast-paced daily summary of the latest developments from the region and around the world. The Read more »

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VOA Pays Tribute to Reporter Slain in Pakistan

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Washington, D.C. —  Friends and colleagues of slain VOA reporter Mukarram Khan Aatif paid tribute Friday to a “courageous man” who refused to be intimidated by the Pakistani militants who took responsibility for his murder. VOA Director David Ensor noted that Mr. Aatif, “had been Read more »

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Richard Lobo joins RIAS Berlin Commission

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Washington, D.C. — Richard Lobo has been appointed by the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Philip Murphy, to the RIAS Berlin Commission, a bi-national organization that promotes German-American understanding in the field of broadcasting.  With historic roots tied to “Radio in the American Sector” of Berlin Read more »

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BBG Calls for Agency Restructuring

Washington, D.C. — The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) announced its intention to restructure U.S. international broadcasting. It will seek legislation that would include establishing a Chief Executive Officer to manage the enterprise. In addition, the Board called for a plan to consolidate the agency’s Read more »

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BBG Condemns Signal Interference as Rights Threat

Washington, D.C. — The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) condemned the purposeful interference with broadcast transmissions to Iran as a threat to human rights and cited new evidence that jamming signals are now emanating from Syria. “Recent interference with the Eutelsat satellite originates from near Read more »

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