Burke 2014

BBG Announces Burke Award Winners

The BBG announced the winners of the 2014 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Awards for exceptional integrity, bravery, and originality in reporting.  More

RFE/RL and VOA- Ukraine Covereage

Ukraine Programming Surge

RFE/RL and VOA have responded to the crisis in Ukraine with additional programming and distribution to provide much need information throughout the region. Read More.

MBN, RFERL, VOA- Iraq coverage

Comprehensive Coverage in Iraq

As violence escalated in Iraq, the networks of the Broadcasting Board of Governors brought swift and comprehensive coverage to audiences throughout the region. More

OCB- AntennaLive

Exclusive Jailhouse Interview

The incarceration of Cuban writer and independent blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats did not prevent TV Marti’s Karen Caballero from interviewing one of Cuba’s biggest free-speech advocates. More

RFA- Uygher Coverage

Uyghur Unrest

Radio Free Asia has been closely following the escalating violence between the Chinese government and the Xinjiang region’s Uyghur minority.   Read More

VOA-Somalia

VOA Adds 24/7 Mobile in Nigeria

Audiences in Nigeria can now get their news on the go with DandalinVOA, a dynamic new 24/7 mobile phone stream, which features a fresh mix of Nigerian and American music, with the latest news, sports and entertainment updates. Read More

International Broadcasting, Then and Now

Then and Now

“The news may be good or bad, we shall tell you the truth.” So began early broadcasts from VOA during World War II. Today, U.S. international broadcasting is still demonstrating the power of balanced and credible journalism. See the interactive timeline.

Our Broadcasters

Bringing News and Information to People Around the World in 61 Languages.

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 215 million listeners, viewers, and Internet users around the world turn on, tune in, and log on to 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), Alhurra, Radio Sawa, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), and Radio and TV Martí, with the assistance of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB).

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    Alhurra correspondent Bashar Fahmi has been missing in Syria for

    2 year 4 months 2 days.

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  • Broadcasting Standards and Principles

    The BBG’s broadcasting standards and principles are consistent with the U.S. International Broadcasting Act of 1994. Learn more »