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



Internet Access is Changing Behaviors in Africa

BBG and Gallup release research indicating that going online has a measurable impact on the activities, attitudes and behaviors of people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire. Read More

Khadija Imprisoned

BBG Denounces Sentencing of Azeri Journalist 

"We are appalled by today's verdict," said BBG Chairman Jeff Shell. "This sentence is clearly retribution for Khadija exposing government corruption and sends a warning shot to other journalists in the country."  Read More


VOA Hosts Malala at the Newseum

Malala, the well-known activist for the empowerment of women and the youngest Nobel Prize winner, was in Washington Sunday to take part in an event hosted by the Voice of America’s Deewa Radio and Television Service in cooperation with the Newseum.  Read More


African and American Lives Come Together on Vous Et Nous

From pop-culture to education and health to technology, music and fashion, Vous et Nous is a new fast-paced, 30-minute program featuring young leaders who are working to make a difference. Read More

Annual Report

BBG Releases its 2014 Annual Report

The BBG’s 2014 Annual Report details the agency’s  activities and growing impact around the world. Visit the multimedia, interactive digital version.

Villager Named Radio Free Afghanistan’s Person of the Year

Jawas Khan staring at his daughter's grave

(WASHINGTON — March 21, 2015) To mark Norouz, the Afghan New Year, RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan has named Jawas Khan, a farmer residing in a remote village in the country’s Khost province, the recipient of its eighth annual Person of the Year award. Khan, a 38-year […]

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In Iraq, TV Ubiquitous and Internet Use Rising

A shopkeeper in Basra, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday June 4, 2009, adjusts a TV showing US President Barack Obama on the day that the US president visits Egypt. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jourani)

WASHINGTON — Amid major political transitions and conflict, Iraq remains a market dominated by TV. This is despite the attention given to ISIL’s use of Internet and new media, according to new data issued today by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Gallup. “Television […]

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Alhurra and Radio Sawa Report on the Israeli Elections


Alhurra Television comprehensively reported the Israeli Parliamentary election with live news coverage as voters went to the polls to elect the party that will lead their country.  The network’s extended programming included interviews with voters, who discussed the issues that resonated with them, including the […]

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VOA Exclusive: Nigeria Brings in Foreign Soldiers To Fight Boko Haram

FILE - Chadian soldiers drive through the streets of Gambaru, Nigeria, Feb. 4, 2015.

Nigerian military sources told VOA today that soldiers from South Africa and other countries are in Nigeria fighting Boko Haram.  The sources said some of the foreigners are engaging in ground combat and others are flying air missions. Nigerian government officials confirmed the presence of […]

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Governor Armstrong Speaks at International Forums in Lithuania

(L-R): Rita Miliūtė, Governor Matt Armstrong,  Evgeny Kiselev, Jan Machecek

BBG member Matt Armstrong spoke earlier this week at the “International Forum on Challenges and Responsibilities in Contemporary Journalism,” which was cohosted by Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seimas (Parliament), and European Humanities University. The March 10 event included experts from the media, diplomacy, and think tanks and […]

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Nigerian President Tells VOA Boko Haram Forces Have Links with Islamic State

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan talks with VOA.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says fighters from Boko Haram, the extremist group that controls large areas of northeastern Nigeria, have traveled to the Middle East for training with Islamic State militants. In an interview with VOA Wednesday, President Jonathan said he long […]

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Alhurra App Wins the SND Award of Excellence

Alhurra Logo

Springfield, Va.— Alhurra Television won the Society for News Design (SND) Award of Excellence for the redesign of its mobile app.   The redesigned app adds new features to accommodate Alhurra’s audience in the Middle East and North Africa. This includes a new custom designed […]

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BBG 2016 Budget Request Calls for Expansion in Key Markets and Technologies

A man watches Russian President Vladimir Putin on TV screens in an electronic hypermarket in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) today released its detailed Fiscal Year 2016 budget request. The agency, which oversees civilian international news and information programs for people in more than 100 countries, is seeking $751.5 million to increase global engagement, move more aggressively into […]

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MBN Celebrates International Women’s Day


Alhurra and Radio Sawa marked International Women’s Day with several features and programs dedicated to the challenges facing women in the Arab world. Alhurra’s Hunna (Women’s Views) dedicated an entire episode to Women’s Day, focusing on four countries and the different struggles that women face […]

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BBG Mobile Apps Recognized for Innovation

Visitors use their phones during the Mobile World Congress Wireless show, the world's largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

WASHINGTON – Mobile apps developed by Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) , Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and BBG’s Office of Digital and Design Innovation (ODDI) were finalists for the 20th Global Mobile Awards at this week’s Mobile World Congress Ceremony in Barcelona, Spain. The […]

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  • The Board

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