Recent press releases

BBG by the numbers

International operations

5 networks and a system of 3,250 affiliates and over 95 transmitting sites distribute 4,100 hours of original content globally each week.

Global audience

A worldwide unduplicated audience of 278 million from more than 100 countries tune in weekly in 58 languages.

Annual budget

FY18 (requested)$685.2M
FY17 (enacted)$786.6M
FY16 (enacted)$749.6M
FY15 (requested)$742.1M
Meet the CEO

John F. Lansing

Leading the BBG since September 2015, Lansing combines strategic and operational oversight experience with a deep understanding of journalism. He has been called “a leading developer of unique content across various media platforms including television, digital, mobile and publishing” by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Recent Awards

RFE/RL Wins Best Short Documentary At Berlin Short Film Festival

2018 Berlin Short Film Festival

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Rumors, Myths and Untruths

There are many things people misunderstand about the U.S. international media. Here is a guide to rumors, myths and untruths pertaining to the BBG.

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Featured Reports

Annual Reports

Our yearly summary of the activities and growing impact of the BBG, the independent federal government agency that oversees all U.S. civilian international media including VOA, RFE/RL, OCB, RFA, MBN, and the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB).

2016 BBG Annual Report (PDF, 10.75 MB)


The yearly Performance and Accountability Report and audit results demonstrate the BBG’s continued ability to achieve strategic impact by prudently managing resources and nimbly responding to global challenges.

FY 2017 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) (PDF, 4.75 MB)

Budget Submissions

The Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ) is the annual submission to Congress which reflects the President’s Budget Request. The FY 2019 request, submitted on February 12, 2018, includes $661.1 million for the BBG.

FY 2018 Budget Request (PDF, 6.79 MB)