Broadcasting Board of Governors

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In 2018, the BBG changed its name to the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM).

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is the body that oversees several U.S. funded international broadcast channels, including Voice of America, Radio Sawa and Al Hurra. The board is comprised of four Democrat appointees, four Republicans appointees and the Secretary of State.[1]

  • John F. Lansing joined USAGM (then known as BBG) as CEO and Director in September 2015.


"On October 1, 1999, the Broadcasting Board Governors (BBG) became the independent, autonomous entity responsible for all U.S. government and government sponsored, non-military, international broadcasting," writes the BBG website. "This was the result of the 1998 Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act (Public Law 105-277), the single most important legislation affecting U.S. international broadcasting since the early 1950s."

"Every week, more than 100 million listeners, viewers, and internet users around the world turn-on, tune-in, and log-on to U.S. international broadcasting programs. While the 'Broadcasting Board of Governors' is the legal name given to the Federal entity encompassing all U.S international broadcasting services, the day-to-day broadcasting activities are carried out by the individual BBG international broadcasters." [2]


BBG Broadcasters


As of September 2008: [2]

Board members

In September 2008, President George W. Bush withdrew nominations of Blaya for a reappointment to the BBG Board, for a term expiring August 13, 2008; and of Dennis M. Mulhaupt to join the BBG Board for a term expiring August 13, 2008, in replacement of Cullum, whose term had expired. [4]

Former members


Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)
330 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20237
Tel: 202 203-4545
Fax: 202 203-4585

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  1. U.S. Agency for Global Media Board, organizational web page, accessed April 19, 2019.
  2. "Senior Management," Broadcasting Board of Governors website, accessed September 2008.
  3. Press release, "Jeffrey Trimble Named Executive Director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors," Broadcasting Board of Governors, April 18, 2008.
  4. Press release, "Nominations and Withdrawals Sent to the Senate," White House, September 9, 2008.

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