VOA correspondent Ayesha Tanzeem speaks to refugees in Hungary

The Broadcasting Board of Governors today released its annual impact numbers, including an unprecedented weekly measured 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.

BBG Measures Audience Growth in Key Markets

Iraqi men watch BBG's Alhurra TV

Washington, D.C. – U.S. government-funded, civilian international broadcasters reached an estimated 175 million people per week on a variety of media platforms in 2012, including large audiences in countries that are key priorities for U.S. foreign policy, the Broadcasting Board of Governors announced today.