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On October 1, 1999, the Broadcasting Board Governors (BBG) became the independent federal agency responsible for all U.S. government and government sponsored, non military, international broadcasting. This was the result of the 1998 Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act (Public Law 105-277), the single most important legislation affecting U.S. international broadcasting since the early 1950s.
Every week, more than 226 million listeners, viewers and Internet users around the world turn on, tune in and log onto U.S. international broadcasting programs.
While the “Broadcasting Board of Governors” is the legal name given to the federal entity encompassing all U.S. international broadcasting services, the day-to-day broadcasting activities are carried out by the individual BBG international broadcasters: the Voice of America (VOA), the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN – Alhurra TV, Radio Sawa), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB – Radio and TV Martí), with assistance from the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB).