Alhurra Television provided extensive coverage of the 24th Arab League Summit held on March 26, 2013, in Doha, Qatar. The Summit had the Syrian crisis at the top of its agenda and was attended by 15 Arab country heads of state. Alhurra provided live coverage of the opening remarks by Emir of Qatar Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Syrian opposition leader Mouaz al-Khatib, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu,as well as comments by Egyptian President Morsi.
Eleven German journalists visited the BBG yesterday as a part of the RIAS Berlin Commission’s spring exchange program. The participants met with IBB Director Richard Lobo and attended a VOA editorial meeting. They then met with VOA Associate Director of Language Programming Rebecca MacMenamin and discussed topics such as finding foreign audiences, the federal government’s role in US international broadcasting, and how the agency creates new language services. The meetings at the BBG were part of the group’s first week in the U.S. Next week they will each receive short-term assignments with radio and TV broadcasters. They will then wrap up their tour with a week in New York.