In concert with the submission of the 2013 budget, the BBG has released the full text version of Impact Through Innovation and Integration, its 2012-2016 strategic plan…
The plan was submitted as part of the 2013 budget, and thus the full text was embargoed until the President submitted his budget to Congress this week. A framework narrative was made available in November.
Entitled, Impact through Innovation and Integration, the plan outlines a strategy for growth within an environment of scarce budget resources and profound, ongoing changes in audience media consumption habits. The aspirational goal is to be the world’s leading international news agency working to foster free, open, democratic societies. It also contains an audience growth target of 50 million by 2016.
The 5-year strategy calls for a restructuring of federal and grantee elements of the BBG to leverage the talents and expertise of its broadcasters and journalists, increasing efficiencies across the broadcast enterprise, and ensuring that the original reporting and breaking news stories of each of the Agency’s broadcasters are shared with audiences around the globe.
The plan highlights the desire to integrate elements of U.S. international broadcasting into a single organization while preserving the BBG’s established, trusted brands.
Those brands – Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa, Radio Free Asia, and Radio and TV Martí – face intense competition from an ever-expanding universe of emerging media choices as well as the challenges of censorship and extremist voices.
To address these challenges and advance the nation’s strategic priorities, BBG’s plan features innovative initiatives: to create a global news network; to leverage new delivery technologies such as satellite video for China, and Central Asia; and to devise sophisticated new means of countering Internet blocking and other forms of censorship.
The plan is the result of a wide-ranging strategy review conducted from September 2010 to June 2011 at the direction of the BBG Board. The review assessed all agency media efforts worldwide in 15 regionally focused sessions. Some 75 independent journalists, media experts and practitioners, diplomats, and area specialists engaged pro bono with more than 200 agency employees at all levels to analyze the unique value-added and impact of BBG broadcasters in light of evolving media and political environments.
Download the Full Text Strategic Plan here.