Category Archives: Press Release

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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VOA Reports on Cell Phone Use in North Korea

three people on a street using cell phones

Washington, D.C., March 4th, 2014 – VOA Korean Service reporter Yonho Kim will participate in a joint VOA-U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS panel discussion, “Telecommunications and Technology in North Korea,” on Thursday, March 6. Kim will discuss cell phone use in North Korea. Mr. Read more »

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BBG Budget Request Tied to Global Priorities and Evolving Media Environments

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WASHINGTON (March 4, 2014) – The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) today announced its FY 2015 budget request, which will help U.S. international media meet strategic priorities in light of dynamic global communications environments and current spending constraints. “This agency has a strategic imperative to Read more »

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RFE/RL Appoints Interim Managers

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(WASHINGTON — February 28, 2014)  RFE/RL’s Board of Directors has appointed Vice President of Finance, CFO and Treasurer John Giambalvo and Editor-in-Chief for Programming Nenad Pejic to serve as Interim Managers of the Corporation. Their service begins on March 2, following the departure of Kevin Read more »

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BBG Pioneers Mobile Platform for Breaking News

screenshot of Relay tool with breaking news from Turkey

WASHINGTON- The Office of Digital and Design Innovation at the Broadcasting Board of Governors is revamping the way journalists report breaking news with a new mobile live-blogging platform, Relay. Relay offers journalists a sleek and easy way to collect and distribute text and multimedia content Read more »

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BBG Reviews its Operations in the Middle East

Chairman Shell speaking at board table

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors focused its meeting today on perceptions of the United States throughout the Middle East and took an in-depth look at the activities and accomplishments of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. The four-hour meeting at MBN’s headquarters examined the Read more »

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