The networks of the BBG worked together to provide timely and comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama’s eighth and final State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday evening. The television, radio and digital coverage, which also included the Republican response by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, was distributed in countries such as Russia, Iran, China, Cuba and those in the Middle East.
Alhurra and Radio Sawa provided thorough coverage of the Saudi municipal elections on Dec. 12, 2015. These were the Kingdom’s first ever nationwide elections in which women were able to stand for office and vote. There were 978 female candidates and 5,938 male candidates vying for 2,106 seats on 284 councils whose powers are restricted to local affairs. The pledge to allow women to vote and run was made by the late King Abdullah following the 2011 Arab Spring political upheaval in the region.