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Freedom House: Press Freedom at Lowest Point in More Than a Decade

Freedom House: Press Freedom at Lowest Point in More Than a Decade

[ 0 ] April 29, 2016

The NGO’s annual rating for global press freedom slides to the lowest point in 12 years, with Bangladesh, Turkey, France, and Serbia among countries with big declines…

Nearly Half of All Adults in Juba, South Sudan Connect With BBG Broadcasters Each Week

Nearly Half of All Adults in Juba, South Sudan Connect With BBG Broadcasters Each Week

[ 0 ] March 7, 2016

Voice of America’s Radio and Television programming has a significant audience in the South Sudan capital; When Alhurra and Radio Sawa are added to the equation, the audience climbs to nearly half of all adults…

ITU Report - 43% of the Globe is Online, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Subscriptions

ITU Report – 43% of the Globe is Online, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Subscriptions

[ 0 ] December 10, 2015

The ITU’s flagship report, Measuring the Information Society 2015, also shows that while all countries surveyed have improved, a digital divide still exists as prices remain high in the developing world…

Think Pieces

Freedom House: Press Freedom at Lowest Point in More Than a Decade

Freedom House: Press Freedom at Lowest Point in More Than a Decade

[ 0 ] April 29, 2016

The NGO’s annual rating for global press freedom slides to the lowest point in 12 years, with Bangladesh, Turkey, France, and Serbia among countries with big declines…

Al Jazeera America Signs Off; Misfired on a Business School Basic

Al Jazeera America Signs Off; Misfired on a Business School Basic

[ 0 ] April 15, 2016

Al Jazeera America, aka AJAM, signed off as a cable channel this week leaving 700 out of work. It wasn’t just falling oil prices that doomed the enterprise…

Explainer Video - If the World Were Just 100 People

Explainer Video – If the World Were Just 100 People

[ 0 ] March 25, 2016

GOOD has created a motion graphic that helps visualize the world’s population by scaling it back to just 100 inhabitants. Worth watching…

International Broadcasting News

Al Jazeera America Signs Off; Misfired on a Business School Basic

Al Jazeera America Signs Off; Misfired on a Business School Basic

[ 0 ] April 15, 2016

Al Jazeera America, aka AJAM, signed off as a cable channel this week leaving 700 out of work. It wasn’t just falling oil prices that doomed the enterprise…

The Hausa-Language TV Market Heats Up in Nigeria

The Hausa-Language TV Market Heats Up in Nigeria

[ 0 ] April 13, 2016

Voice of America expands its Hausa TV offerings, an NGO partners with the state broadcaster, and an established private broadcaster eyes Northern Nigeria…

BBG Dealbook - New VOA Affiliates in Nigeria, West Africa, Bangladesh and Peru

BBG Dealbook – New VOA Affiliates in Nigeria, West Africa, Bangladesh and Peru

[ 0 ] March 28, 2016

Every week, the BBG adds new affiliates that carry news and information programming from its broadcasting entities. Here are just a few of the recent examples…

Ideas and Innovation

BBC Attempts to Lure Nigerians With a Swipe-Driven App

BBC Attempts to Lure Nigerians With a Swipe-Driven App

[ 0 ] February 12, 2016

BBC Drop will help Africans “get the drop on the news [they] care about” with an app that learns user preferences based on their swiping of stories…

Digital Dominates the Discussion at NATPE

Digital Dominates the Discussion at NATPE

[ 0 ] January 22, 2016

If you haven’t gotten the memo that Television is undergoing radical change, a glance at the schedule at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference should suffice…

Netflix is Changing its Encoding Process to the Benefit of International Markets

Netflix is Changing its Encoding Process to the Benefit of International Markets

[ 0 ] December 18, 2015

Netflix traffic is so great in the U.S., some argue (and others dispute) that it has the potential to actually clog the net at peak times. The problem will be even worse in emerging markets, so Netflix is changing its approach to digitizing content…