Effective July 2, 2013, the Broadcasting Board of Governors may make its program materials available domestically, upon request, whenever doing so is consistent with all statutory authorities, prohibitions, principles, and standards.
Domestic BBG Content Request FAQs
- How can I get access to BBG programming for personal use?
- What sort of programming is available on VOANews.com and MartiNoticias.com?
- How can the media or organizations get access to broadcast-quality copies of BBG programming for a one-time use?
- Does the BBG make its programming available to the media or other organization on an ongoing subscription basis?
- How can the media or other organizations get ongoing access to BBG programming for professional use?
- Will I be charged for accessing BBG’s programming through the Direct System?
- I can’t find an older episode on BBG’s websites. What happened to it?
BBG makes program materials available within the U.S. through the same news and information websites that BBG uses to communicate with foreign audiences. To access currently-available program materials, please visit www.voanews.com and www.martinoticias.com.
The homepages of these websites display a portion of the agency’s most recent news reporting. Additional program materials are available through the websites’ search functions.
Please note that www.voanews.com links to VOA’s many websites in multiple languages. Click the ‘Sites by Language’ tab at the top of the page to see the full range of languages available. Many programs and news stories are only available on the site for the language service which broadcast those materials abroad.
Most VOA radio and television programs that BBG broadcasts on or after July 2nd, 2013 are available at www.voanews.com. Similarly, Radio Marti and TV Marti programs are available at www.martinoticias.com.
Voice of America and Marti websites and programs may contain third party copyright protected material, which cannot be copied, redistributed, sold, or published without the express permission of the copyright owner. Requestors should contact VOA or OCB in order to learn if a particular program contains copyrighted material.
Requests for broadcast-quality copies of BBG program materials should be directed to:
UsageRequest@voanews.com for broadcast-quality copies of Voice of America program materials; and
OCBdomesticrequests@bbg.gov for broadcast-quality copies of Radio or TV Marti program materials.
BBG evaluates ongoing subscription requests based on the Broadcasting principles and standards found in The U.S. International Broadcasting Act. For more information on the criteria used to determine whether BBG fulfills an ongoing subscription request, see BBG’s policy linked here from the Broadcasting Administrative Manual.
Media entities, or other organizations, may request ongoing subscriptions by filling out an application form found on the Direct System, the BBG’s professional distribution system. Expect that a representative from BBG to contact you about your application.
BBG may collect a fee for reimbursement of the reasonable costs incurred to fulfill a request for program materials, including ongoing subscriptions for the media and one-time requests for broadcast-quality copies of BBG’s program materials. Any fees will be outlined in an agreement between the media entity, or other organization, and BBG.
From time to time, BBG may have to remove content from its website. For instance, BBG removes program materials from its news websites when required by licensing agreements with third-party copyright holders. Once materials have been removed from one of BBG’s websites, they are no longer available from BBG.
When BBG takes materials off of its website, materials designated as permanent under the BBG’s records schedule will be transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Programs designated as temporary under the BBG’s records schedule will be destroyed once they are removed from BBG’s websites, and are no longer available. BBG’s records schedule is published in the Federal Register and is available at NARA’s website, through this link. See Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart F for information on how to request BBG program materials that have been transferred to NARA.
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