We are the Office of Digital & Design Innovation at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The BBG is a US federal agency pursuing an innovation agenda in which we engage creative organizations and individuals to discuss technology’s role in the future of storytelling, news delivery, entertainment and international social discourse and crisis response. This blog will document and facilitate this worldwide conversation about innovation in media.

The mission of U.S. International Media is:

To inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.

The BBG encompasses all U.S. civilian international broadcasting, including the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), Radio and TV Martí and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) — Radio Sawa and Alhurra Television.

BBG broadcasters distribute programming in 59 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 165 million people via radio, TV, the Internet and other new media. The BBG works to serve as an example of a free and professional press, reaching a worldwide audience with news, information and relevant discussions.

The Board
The Broadcasting Board of Governors is a bipartisan board comprised of nine members. Eight, no more than four from one party, are appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate; the ninth is the Secretary of State, who serves ex-officio.