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Voice of America
A Trusted Source of News and Information since 1942

Fast Facts

Audience:  more than 115 million weekly Budget:  $166 million (FY 2006)
Media:  radio, television, and the Internet Headquarters:  Washington, D.C.
Languages:  45 Employees:  more than 1,100

Mission:  To broadcast accurate, balanced, and comprehensive news and information to an international audience.

Facilities:  27 radio broadcast studios, 33 production and recording studios, 30 professional audio mixing and dubbing stations, 4 television studios, 21 video editing suites, and facilities for master control, recording, scheduling, and feed intake.

History:  Broadcasts began in 1942, as a response to the need of peoples in closed and war-torn societies for reliable news.

VOA Broadcasts

The VOA Charter

President Gerald Ford signed the VOA Charter into law in 1976.  It protects the independence and integrity of VOA programming.

1.  VOA will serve as a consistently reliable and authoritative source of news.  VOA news will be accurate, objective, and comprehensive.

2.  VOA will represent America, not any single segment of American society, and will therefore present a balanced and comprehensive projection of significant American thought and institutions.

3.  VOA will present the policies of the United States clearly and effectively, and will also present responsible discussions and opinion on these policies.

• We produce more than 1,000 hours of programs each week.

• 25 of VOA's 45 languages broadcast on television.

• Program content includes news, features, education, and culture, in documentary, discussion, and call-in formats, both live and pre-recorded.

• VOA has a growing worldwide network of more than 1,200 local affiliate stations, which include FM and medium wave (MW or AM) radio stations, television stations and networks, and cable systems.

VOA Newscenter

• VOA's 30,000 square foot Newscenter is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing between 150 and 200 news reports per day for all language services and programs.
• There are also 22 domestic and 16 overseas correspondents, in addition to more than 90 part-time reporters, called "stringers".

VOA and Technology

• VOA has the largest integrated digital audio system in the world.

A network of transmitting stations operated by the international Broadcasting Bureau, along with some leased stations, sends VOA's programs instantaneously around the world.

• The website, www.VOANews.com, provides a wide range of English-language news reports and serves as a portal to homepages of all 45 languages broadcast by VOA, as well as other information about VOA.

• VOANews.com pages feature text, audio/video files on demand, and live-streamed programs.

See VOA Live

• Take a behind-the-scenes look at VOA through our new guided audio-visual Studio Tour.

• Learn more about our history and the regions to which we broadcast, and watch news as it happens through live TV and radio broadcasts.
• For reservations or more information, call (202) 203-4990 or visit www.VOAtour.com.

Our broadcasts in 45 languages make VOA one of the largest multimedia news organizations in the world:

Afan Oromo Creole Indonesian Ndebele Swahili
Albanian Croatian Khmer Pashto Thai
Amharic Dari Kinyarwanda Persian Tibetan
Armenian English Kirundi Portuguese Tigrigna
Azerbaijani French Korean Russian Turkish
Bangla Georgian Kurdish Serbian Ukrainian
Bosnian Greek Lao Shona Urdu
Burmese Hausa Macedonian Somali Uzbek
Cantonese Hindi Mandarin Spanish Vietnamese

"The news may be good.  The news may be bad.  We shall tell you the truth."
                                        - William Harlan Hale, 1st VOA broadcast (1942)

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)
• The BBG is an independent federal agency that oversees all non-military U.S. international broadcasting, including the Voice of America.
• The bi-partisan Board is comprised of nine members, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, including the Secretary of State.
• Its mission is "To promote and sustain freedom and democracy by broadcasting accurate and objective news and information about the United States and the world to audiences overseas."


Voice of America
Office of Public Affairs

330 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20237
Tel:  (202) 203-4959
Fax:  (202) 203-4960
E-mail:  publicaffairs@voa.gov