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Programming Support for US International Broadcasting

The purpose of this program is to provide programming support (such as news collection) to U.S. government international broadcasters in their efforts 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.


What This Rating Means


This is the highest rating a program can achieve. Programs rated Effective set ambitious goals, achieve results, are well-managed and improve efficiency.
  • This program's functions are collecting and writing news and information and providing technical and operational programming support such as technical infrastructure and production services. The program is responsible for the worldwide audience size for all US international broadcasting, which has grown by approximately 7.4% since 2004.
  • This program has sought to minimize the duplication of the news and information gathering function with the private sector by making use of private contractors to provide news content, including both news organizations and individual stringers.
  • Managers' performance based appraisal system includes individual accountability for cost and schedule results as appropriate. Through the ongoing appraisal reviews and final annual rating, all mangers and senior staff are held accountable for performance results.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Through annual surveys among target populations, the program is tracking the overall credibility of each broadcasting entity to determine its increasing skill with writing and editing news stories.
  • The program will measure improvements to content and infrastructure by tracking the growth in audience size annually, as measured by the worldwide, unduplicated number of weekly audience members
  • BBG's Strategic Plan for 2008-2013 will build on a market-based approach to broadcasting while acknowledging major new challenges and incorporating new strategies to meet them.

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