Category Archives: Press Release

BBG Expresses Concern With Report Recommendations on U.S. International Broadcasting

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) applauded a new report that calls for strengthening public diplomacy, but disagreed with certain recommendations on U.S. international broadcasting. “We congratulate the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) for undertaking this creative review of U.S. public diplomacy and the challenges Read more »

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Remarks by Marc Nathanson, former Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, on New Developments in the War on Terrorism by U.S. International Broadcasting

Thank you all very much for coming today to hear about the new developments in the War on Terrorism by U.S. international broadcasting entities after September 11th. First, I want to welcome my fellow governor, Norm Pattiz, who is here with me today. Norm is Read more »

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David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award Winners Announced

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) announced winners of the 2001 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award for stories about China, Nigeria and Uzbekistan. Award recipients are: Mary Arobaga-Reardon (co-winner) and Jeff Daughtery (co-winner), and Feng Ji, Voice of America (VOA); Zamira Eshanova, Radio Free Europe/Radio Read more »

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Radio Sawa Lands Exclusive Interview With Secretary of State Colin L. Powell

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell told a radio audience in the Middle East that the United States is fully committed to seeing a Palestinian state within three years if necessary steps are taken. In an exclusive interview with Mouafac Harb, news director for Radio Read more »

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Broadcasting Board of Governors to Honor David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award Grantees

Washington, D.C., June 20, 2002 — The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) will honor recipients of the 2001 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award in a ceremony outside the Cohen Building

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Broadcasting Board of Governors Chairman to Discuss Initiatives in Afghanistan and Elsewhere at National Press Club on June 26

Washington, D.C., June 20, 2002 — Marc Nathanson, Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), will discuss “Post-September 11 Developments in U.S. International Broadcasting: Afghanistan, The Middle East and Beyond” at a National Press Club Afternoon Newsmaker event on June 26, 2002. Nathanson, who Read more »

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BBG Signs Agreement With Djibouti for New Radio Sawa Transmitter

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) signed an agreement with the Republic of Djibouti Tuesday that allows the U.S. agency to build a far-reaching AM transmitter for the Middle East Radio Network (MERN). The 600 kilowatt, medium-wave transmitter will broadcast MERN

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Radio Sawa Launches Streaming Audio on Internet Site

Radio Sawa, the new Arabic-language broadcasting service that reaches across the Middle East, on Friday began streaming audio on its Internet site (www.radiosawa.com). Radio Sawa, run by the U.S. Government-funded Middle East Radio Network (MERN), features news, information, music and other programming 24-hours a day, Read more »

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Testimony of Norman J. Pattiz, Broadcasting Board of Governors, Before the Committee on Foreign Relations of the United States Senate

On behalf of the BBG, I want to thank you very much for having me here to talk about U.S. international broadcasting and specifically our new Middle East Radio Network, which is fast becoming a key part of the U.S. public diplomacy effort in this Read more »

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BBG Signs Agreement for New Middle East Radio Network Transmitter in Cyprus

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) signed an agreement Thursday with the Government of Cyprus for a new, medium wave (AM) transmitter that will give the Middle East Radio Network (MERN) broad reach in the region. “The transmitter will be a major component of MERN,” Read more »

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