Reaching the world, news from U.S. international media

January 2014
News & Highlights
U.S. International Media Reach Record Audiences, with TV Overtaking Radio  
Alhurra TV's correspondent Omar Twati reporting from Libya
Programming across the Broadcasting Board of Governors' global media networks reached an estimated 206 million people per week in 2013, including large audiences in countries that are strategically critical for U.S. foreign policy. Read More
BBG Journalists Honored for Bravery, Excellence and Innovation
Radio Free Asia Uyghur Service reporter Shohret Hoshur accepts silver medal at the New York Festivals radio awards ceremony.

In 2013 the networks of the Broadcasting Board of Governors earned high-profile awards and accolades for their innovative use of technology, commitment to excellence and dedication to providing quality, unbiased information to audiences around the world. Look back at some of the awards from 2013. 

Board Paves Way for Ongoing Restructuring
The Broadcasting Board of Governors has agreed to divide the responsibilities of the recently retired IBB Director among three members of the senior management team in order to help pave the way for a future Chief Executive Officer.  Under this interim structure, André Mendes will serve as Director of Global Operations, Robert Bole will be Director of Global Strategy, and Suzie Carroll will serve as Director of Global Communications. Together they will lead the agency in an arrangement that is expected to begin this month, pending congressional approval. Read More
Industry Leaders Discuss Driving Media Innovation
BBG Chair Jeff Shell listens to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
Measuring impact, supporting experimentation, defining a clear vision and motivating staff to drive change were topics highlighted in a technology panel hosted by the Broadcasting Board of Governors and featuring Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Read More
BBG Expands Collaboration with Leading International Media
Group of people, two rows Representatives of leading government-supported international media organizations known collectively as the DG7 agreed to expand collaboration on research - both into technologies and about audiences - and to reduce costs where possible on shortwave and satellite transmissions. Read More
Governor Meehan Surveys Egyptian Media Scene 
Gov. Meehan sitting in press conferenceBBG Governor Michael Meehan, whose work on the agency's board during the past three years has included leadership on Middle East broadcasting initiatives, surveyed the Egyptian media market and supported the launch of the second season of a popular Alhurra Television series during a quick visit to Cairo. Read More
Programming Notes
Alhurra TV Launches Season 2 of "Rayheen ala Fain?"
cast of RAF show Alhurra Television announced the launch of the highly anticipated second season of Rayheen ala Fain?  at a press conference in Cairo. The second season will include an entirely new cast of six young Egyptians, as they tackle issues such as sexual harassment, jobs, education and the rights of women. Read More
Ukrainians Turn to RFE/RL for EuroMaydan Coverage
Crowd gather in Ukraine Unprecedented numbers of Ukrainians are turning to RFE/RL and its Ukrainian Service, known locally as Radio Svoboda, as a vital source of authoritative news about Kyiv's EuroMaydan protests. Read More
VOA Zimbabwe Adds TV Webcast
Studio 7 Livetalk logo Fans of LiveTalk, VOA Zimbabwe's tri-lingual radio call-in show, can now watch the interactive daily program on an expanded one-hour TV webcast.


The first half hour of LiveTalk will continue to air on shortwave and medium wave. Online audiences will be able to watch an extended full hour edition of the program, which is captured with high-definition cameras from VOA's Washington studio.  The program is streamed live on the VOA Zimbabwe website (in English, Shona and Ndebele) and is available on demand. Read More 

Alhurra Interviews Congressman McCaul on Threats of Terrorism
Man with blue tie in office, in front of American flagCongressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, spoke with Alhurra TV about a range of security issues, including the United States' approach to fighting terrorism, the latest developments in Syria and Iran's threat to cybersecurity. Read More

RFE/RL, MBN and OCB Mark Human Rights Day with Special Programming, New Website 
To mark the U.N. observance of Human Rights Day on December 10, RFE/RL announced the launch of Lady Liberty, a webpage dedicated to women in journalism. Lady Liberty recognizes the contributions of women journalists from RFE/RL as well as other media in its target region, illuminating/highlighting/underscoring their reporting, the issues they confront, and the political, societal and cultural landscapes in which they work. It is a resource for and about them and a medium to promote their work.

Woman on the street speaks with Alhurra reporterThe Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) provided its Arabic-speaking audience with special programming for Human Rights Day. The variety of documentaries and special reports included one on the Egyptian constitution's impact on the rights of women. Read More.

screengrab of video covering human rights protests in Cuba The Office of Cuba Broadcasting's TV Martí provided extensive coverage of events held throughout the island on December 10 - many of which were repressed by the government. In one incident, one of the activists known as the Ladies in White was injured and required emergency surgery. A video with excerpts of coverage from throughout the day is available here.
Korean Services Provides Insight on Execution of Kim Jong Un's Uncle
People watch TV coverage of Jang Song Thaek's executionThe Korean Services of Radio Free Asia and Voice of America provided comprehensive coverage and analysis of the firing and execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, Jang Song Thaek. VOA was one of the first broadcasters to include the U.S. government response, and the network followed up with informative interviews with North Korean experts, as well as U.N. and former U.S. government officials for analysis. RFA also covered the dramatic story with compelling reports, in-depth information and comprehensive reporting including coverage of events that led up to Thaek's demise. Read More
In This Issue
Young Vietname man watches TV in his home.
In partnership with Gallup, the BBG held a research briefing to discuss new findings about media consumption habits in the diverse and saturated media market of Vietnam.

Among the findings, it was determined that 98 percent of Vietnamese households own a television, and nearly nine in 10 have a mobile phone in their household.Click here to read the report and watch the video briefing.

Note: Our next briefing will be on January 22 and will focus on media consumption in Russia. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more information. 
Threats to Journalism
Bashar Fahmi Remains Missing
Collage of photos of Bashar Fahmi
January 1, 2014, marked 500 days since Alhurra TV's reporter Bashar Fahmi went missing in Syria.  Read More
RFE/RL Target of Another Internet Attack
RFE/RL experienced another Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, attack that intermittently disrupted its global multimedia news services for several days in December. This attack is similar to one experienced by RFE/RL in November. Read More.
2013 in Review
RFA Produces End of Year Video
screengrab from RFA video Radio Free Asia has produced an end of year video highlighted some of the biggest stories of 2013. Read More

VOA's Year in Review
To highlight the many new radio, television, mobile and Internet programs that VOA added in the past 12 months, as well as some of the awards and milestones, VOA has created a Pinterest Board for its Year in Review.

BBG MISSION To inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.


The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency, supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international broadcasting, whose mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG broadcasts reach an audience of 206 million in more than 100 countries. BBG broadcasting organizations include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti).






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