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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…

BBG and Gallup Examine Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Use in the MENA Region

BBG and Gallup Examine Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Use in the MENA Region

[ 0 ] November 20, 2015

The BBG and Gallup teamed to compare use of major social and other digital media across the Middle East and North Africa. Selected slides and takeaways…

BBG Audience At an All Time High – Fueled by VOA, Television, Digital

BBG Audience At an All Time High – Fueled by VOA, Television, Digital

[ 0 ] November 16, 2015

BBG broadcasters now boast a weekly audience of 226 million people – up more than 60 million in five years. The BBG broadcasters also scored well with audiences in terms of trust, understanding, and other measures of impact…

Think Pieces

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…

RT at 10 – So Much Spent, So Little to Show For It

RT at 10 – So Much Spent, So Little to Show For It

[ 1 ] October 6, 2015

In celebrating RT’s 10th birthday, remarks from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggest that even he is being misled by the channel’s casual relationship with accuracy…

Think Piece: YouTube’s Battle Against ISIS

Think Piece: YouTube’s Battle Against ISIS

[ 0 ] September 16, 2015

YouTube recently reached out to moderate voices from the Muslim community. The intent: To recruit talent and make content intended to counter ISIS propaganda. Will anyone watch it?…

International Broadcasting News

Russian-Language News Program “Current Time” Has Momentum With Affiliates, Audience

Russian-Language News Program “Current Time” Has Momentum With Affiliates, Audience

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016

In less than 18 months, Current Time has gone daily, added more than two dozen affiliates, created a spin-off, and garnered a weekly audience in the millions. The momentum continues…

BBG Dealbook: Renewed Relationships in Africa, Two New Affiliates in South America

BBG Dealbook: Renewed Relationships in Africa, Two New Affiliates in South America

[ 0 ] February 3, 2016

Every week, the BBG brings aboard new affiliates stations that carry news and information from the BBG’s broadcast entities. Here’s a quick look at four recent deals…

BBG Adds a 24/7 FM Radio Station in Niamey, Niger

BBG Adds a 24/7 FM Radio Station in Niamey, Niger

[ 0 ] January 19, 2016

Voice of America gets its 19th full-time FM frequency in sub-Saharan Africa in the form of 102.5 FM – serving the capital of Niger, Niamey…

Ideas and Innovation

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…

Think Piece: The Future of Storytelling [Motion Graphic]

Think Piece: The Future of Storytelling [Motion Graphic]

[ 0 ] September 9, 2015

More than 90% of Americans still listen to radio every day — essentially unchanged in the past decade. However, digital opportunities for storytelling abound. Thoughts from U.S. Public Radio innovator Jake Shapiro…

Meerkat, Periscope, and the Gamification of Live Streaming

Meerkat, Periscope, and the Gamification of Live Streaming

[ 0 ] August 19, 2015

Live video streaming has been around for some time, but new apps are adding previously missing elements: simplicity and fun…