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

March 2014
Comprehensive Coverage
RFE/RL and VOA Provide Continuous Reporting on Developments in Ukraine

The networks of the Broadcasting Board of Governors are providing critical information across multiple platforms  to the people of Ukraine. In an extremely dangerous environment, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Voice of America have harmonized their efforts to share dramatic and fast-moving updates from Kyiv. Read More 

Martís Providing Extensive Coverage of Venezuelan Protests
journalist reporting from Caracas With daily reports from Caracas, special features and exclusive  interviews, the Martís are providing the audience in Cuba with wide-ranging coverage and detailed
information on the growing unrest in  Venezuela. Read More
VOA Interviews Afghan Presidential Candidates
As the April 5 Afghan Presidential election draws closer, Voice of America's  Afghan Service is airing a series of exclusive interviews with the candidates, who discuss major issues facing the country and take questions from viewers. Read More
BBG Responds to Crisis in the Central African Republic
As the crisis in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) intensifies, so have  the efforts of the BBG to bring much-needed news and vital information  to residents fleeing the violence. The agency's interdepartmental  response includes developing and producing additional content, augmenting methods to reach audiences, and enhancing distribution technologies. Read More
Presidents of Haiti and Albania Visit VOA on Same Day
split screen of 2 interviews Haitian President Michel Martelly and Albanian President Bujar Nishani  sat down for separate interviews February 7 at the VOA headquarters in Washington, where they discussed developments at home and their  participation in the National Prayer Breakfast. Read More
Mobile Innovations
BBG Pioneers Mobile Platform for Breaking News
screen shot of what Relay looks like on an ipad
The Office of Digital and Design Innovation is revamping the way journalists report breaking news with a new mobile live-blogging platform, Relay, which offers journalists a sleek and easy way to collect and distribute text and multimedia content using their mobile phones and tablets. Read More  
VOA Adds 24/7 Mobile Stream in Nigeria
Audiences in Nigeria can now get their news on the go with DandalinVOA, a dynamic new 24/7 mobile phone stream, which features a fresh mix of Nigerian and American music, with the latest news, sports and entertainment updates.Read More 
BBG News and Updates
BBG Budget Request Tied to Global Priorities and Evolving Media Environments
The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has announced its FY 2015 budget request, which will help U.S. international media meet strategic priorities in light of dynamic global communications environments and current spending constraints. Read More
BBG Reviews its Operations in the Middle East
Chariman Shall at recent BBG meeting
The Broadcasting Board of Governors focused its Feb 25 meeting on perceptions of the United States throughout the Middle East and took an in-depth look at the activities and accomplishments of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. Read More
Shortwave Committee Request for Comment
The BBG Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Radio Broadcasting is seeking feedback from external experts and stakeholders on their perspectives on the role of shortwave radio broadcasting as a BBG distribution platform. Read More
Kevin Klose Steps Down, RFE/RL Names Interim Managers
RFE/RL's Board of Directors has appointed Vice President of Finance, CFO and Treasurer John Giambalvo and Editor-in-Chief for Programming Nenad Pejic to serve as interim managers of the Corporation. Their service began on March 2, following the departure of Kevin Klose as President and CEO, and remains in effect until a new president is appointed.
In This Issue
BBG Research Series

The next BBG Research Series event will focus on Contemporary Media Use in Egypt and will be held on March 13. Information and registration is available here.

A record number of people attended the February 6 "BBG Research Series: Contemporary Media Use in Russia" at Gallup's DC headquarters. Media research data presented at the event indicate that there is dissatisfaction among Russians with the limited news and opinions that major Russian media provide.
Alhurra Commemorates 10th Anniversary
Feb. 14th marked 10 years of Alhurra Television broadcasting accurate and objective news and information to 22 countries in the Middle East. The 24/7 Arabic-language television network provides news and analysis about the region and the United States to more than 20 million viewers each week. Read More
RFA Wins Gracie for Exposé on 'Birth Tourism' in Saipan
Radio Free Asia has won a Gracie Award for its Cantonese Service's exposé, "Born in the USA: Instant Citizenship in Saipan," in the category of investigative program or feature. Sponsored by the Alliance for Women in Media, the annual Gracies recognize exemplary media and entertainment programming created by women and focused on issues relating to women. Read More
VOA Named Top Station in Somalia
A Somalia-based media organization has named VOA the "Top International Radio Station" in Somalia. VOA's Harun Maruf was named the "Best Journalist of 2013" among international broadcasters. The first-ever survey by the Mogadishu-based Somali Centre for Media and Studies (SOCMAS) focused on three areas: news reporting, coverage of major events, and community-oriented programming. Read More
Threats to Press
Azerbaijan's "Spy Network" Charge Escalates Pressure On RFE/RL Journalists
woman at microphone in radio studio Accusations of espionage were made against two journalists from RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, marking an escalation of longstanding campaigns to silence them. RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service correspondent Yafez Hasanov received death threats and accusations of working as a "foreign agent."  Journalist  Khadija Ismayilova was questioned for the three days by Azerbaijan's General Prosecutor's office, on allegations that she  leaked state secrets to U.S. congressional aides visiting Baku.
Access inside Tajikistan to the website of RFE/RL's Tajik Service, known locally as Radio Ozodi, has been blocked since February 22. The blockage coincides with Radio Ozodi's coverage of events in Ukraine, which includes live streaming that is unavailable to local audiences on state-run Tajik and Russian-language media. Read More
Bashar Fahmi Remains Missing in Syria   
montage of photos of Bashar Fahmi Alhurra correspondent Bashar Fahmi was reporting from Aleppo, Syria, when a firefight broke out, and he went missing. There has been no word from Fahmi since his disappearance approximately 18 months ago. Read More
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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