BBG Leaders Urge Senate Committee To Target Smart Reform Of U.S. International Media

Chairman Shell, Governor Weinstein and CEO Lansing testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss the importance of U.S. international media and options for reform. Read More.

Global Audience Estimate

U.S. International Media Attracts Record Audience of 226 Million

The increase includes substantial gains in digital and television audiences in highly competitive media markets that are of strategic importance to the United States. Read More

Newseum ISIS Event

ISIS and the Digital War

Voice of America and the Newseum Institute hosted a forum on October 21 to discuss how the Islamic State group has mastered the use of social media to promote its cause like no other extremist organization. Read More

BBG Oct Meeting

BBG Meeting Outlines Activities in the Middle East and New Strategic Priorities

At its Oct 8 meeting, the BBG delved into the strategic priorities of the BBG Board and of newly-appointed CEO John Lansing, and to hear a detailed update on MBN operations and programming. Read More


Khadija Imprisoned

BBG Denounces Sentencing of Azeri Journalist 

BBG Chairman Jeff Shell called the verdict appalling and said, "This sentence is clearly retribution for Khadija exposing government corruption and sends a warning shot to other journalists in the country."  Read More

Burke Awards

BBG Announces 2015 Burke Award Winners

The Broadcasting Board of Governors has announced the winners of the 2015 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Awards for exceptional integrity, bravery, and originality in reporting. Read More.

RFE/RL Takes Action In Azerbaijan

RFE/RL Baku office sealed by authorities in Azerbaijan.

WASHINGTON – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has closed its Baku bureau, after Azeri authorities sealed the office shut last December in connection with a government-led campaign against foreign organizations. “Azeri authorities have acted illegally and arbitrarily, causing profound, and in several cases permanent, suffering and dislocation for our […]

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Current Time Expanding in Eastern Europe

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WASHINGTON (May 19, 2015) — Current Time, a TV news program for Russian-speaking audiences in countries bordering Russia, launched its new weekend edition with shows affording viewers a fresh alternative to Russian-controlled TV. Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) share the mic on Current Time’s […]

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Radio Martí Celebrates 30 Years of Broadcasting


MIAMI – May 20 will mark the 30th anniversary of Radio Martí providing uncensored and unbiased news and information to the citizens of Cuba. “The staying power of Radio Martí is a testament to the importance of a free flow of information,” said Carlos García-Pérez, […]

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MBN Reports on the GCC Summit at Camp David

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Alhurra had extensive coverage of the historic Gulf Cooperation Council summit being held in the U.S. including live coverage (with simultaneous translation) of President Obama’s remarks following the end of the conference on May 14. The network also broadcast the meeting between President Obama and […]

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Azeri Journalist’s Jail Sentence Extended on Eve of European Games


(WASHINGTON – May 15, 2015) An Azeri court ruled on May 14 to extend the imprisonment of Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor who was jailed last December in what is widely viewed as an act of retribution by Azeri authorities for exposing corruption linked to […]

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BBG Ensures Access to Unrestricted News in Burundi Amid Crisis

On The Scene Burundi Tense a Day After Coup Attempt

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2015) — Amid violence, civil unrest and a crackdown on independent media in Burundi, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is surging media operations to Bujumbura and surrounding cities. “Keeping the airwaves open for our audience to get reliable news and information […]

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VOA on the Frontlines of Political Crisis in Burundi

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Voice of America is leading international coverage of the political upheaval in Burundi with on-the-scene reporting and new programming in Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, French, Swahili, and English. VOA East Africa Correspondent Gabe Joselow reported from the streets of Burundi’s capital early Wednesday amid reports of a […]

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Ramp Up of USIM Programs to Russia and Environs

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Since the fall of the Yanukovych government and ensuing Russian aggression in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, VOA and RFE/RL have added or expanded more than 25 new radio, television and digital programs in Russian, Ukrainian, and other languages engaging audiences in the former Soviet space. […]

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BBG Governor Leon Aron Visits Kyiv, Chisinau, and Prague

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BBG Governor Leon Aron recently returned from visits to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty headquarters in Prague as well as bureaus in Ukraine and Moldova. While in Ukraine on April 27 and 28, Aron met with RFE/RL journalists and staff at the network’s Kyiv bureau, met […]

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  • The Board

    • Jeffrey Shell
    • Dr. Leon Aron
    • Matt Armstrong
    • Michael Kempner
    • John Forbes Kerry
    • Karen Kornbluh
    • Kenneth Weinstein
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