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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill to Overhaul BBG

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill to Overhaul BBG

[ 0 ] July 29, 2014

Legislation would eliminate the BBG, position VOA as a public diplomacy tool, and consolidate Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, and Middle East Broadcasting Networks into a single entity…

BBG Audience at Record Level; Doubles in Ten Years

BBG Audience at Record Level; Doubles in Ten Years

[ 0 ] December 30, 2013

The BBG has released its audience estimate for 2013. With 206 million people tuning in or logging on each week, the audience is at an all time high — more than doubling in the past ten years…

For the First Time in 65 Years, BBG Content Will Be “Legally” Available in the U.S.

For the First Time in 65 Years, BBG Content Will Be “Legally” Available in the U.S.

[ 0 ] July 1, 2013

The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act goes into effect tomorrow, July 2 – lifting the ban on domestic dissemination of BBG content. But BBG broadcasters still cannot create content intended for U.S. audiences…

Think Pieces

Video Will Make Up Majority of Mobile Data Traffic Within Five Years

Video Will Make Up Majority of Mobile Data Traffic Within Five Years

[ 0 ] August 26, 2014

Ericsson has released projections for mobile data usage, and global projections suggest that mobile video consumption will skyrocket — and that has implications for content creators…

BBG Chairman Jeff Shell

Chairman Jeff Shell Contrasts BBG With RT

[ 0 ] August 4, 2014

Writing for TIME, BBG Chairman Jeff Shell lays out differences between state-sponsored media, with specifics drawn between the BBG and Russia Today…

How Africa’s Communications Revolution is Overcoming Bad Press [Video]

How Africa’s Communications Revolution is Overcoming Bad Press [Video]

[ 0 ] August 1, 2014

While bad press about Ebola, armed conflict, and corruption in Africa may scare off some investors, eight of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are on the continent. Joan Mower posits that you cannot call 54 countries by one label…

International Broadcasting News

Voice of America Expands in Turkey With Two New Agreements

Voice of America Expands in Turkey With Two New Agreements

[ 0 ] August 22, 2014

The new deals expand Voice of America television service with TGRT Haber, and mark a first with a digital affiliation agreement with Mynet – a major news and information portal…

Dakhil Elias hosts Voice of America's Kurd Connection

VOA in Deal With NRT Television in Iraqi Kurdistan

[ 0 ] August 12, 2014

VOA Kurdish has landed a major affiliation deal with NRT TV, which will air a weekly half-hour program, plus call on VOA for additional reporting…

VOA Greek Service Chief Anna Morris reports from the White House.

Voice of America Ends Greek Broadcasts

[ 0 ] August 12, 2014

Just as the BBG has added language services throughout the years, this week marks the draw down of Voice of America’s Greek service, ending seven decades of broadcasting…

Ideas and Innovation

Download Stats Show Radio Sawa Mobile App is Expanding Reach Beyond Transmitters

Download Stats Show Radio Sawa Mobile App is Expanding Reach Beyond Transmitters

[ 0 ] July 25, 2014

Radio Sawa’s new mobile app allows users to access breaking news, music, and other Radio Sawa programming instantly — while expanding into regions beyond the reach of its transmitters…

iPad-based Switcher Puts You in the Web TV Game For About $2000

iPad-based Switcher Puts You in the Web TV Game For About $2000

[ 0 ] June 12, 2014

Japanese company Cerevo helps drive down the cost of streaming video with a four-camera video production switcher — controlled by a simple-to-use iPad app…

BBG Unveils Digital Storytelling Tool at Mozilla Festival

BBG Unveils Digital Storytelling Tool at Mozilla Festival

[ 0 ] October 28, 2013

KettleCorn allows journalists to quickly create visually compelling web videos featuring video, stills, graphic overlays, and even language translation…