BBG Broadcasts Reach Record Audiences
(WASHINGTON, D.C.—November 15, 2011) U.S. government funded international broadcasters reached an estimated 187 million people every week in 2011, an increase of 22 million from last year's figure, according to new audience data being made public by the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
“We are pleased that people the world over are responding in unprecedented numbers to our high-quality journalism and active audience engagement,” said BBG Chairman Walter Isaacson. “The ability of our broadcasters to inform, engage and connect audiences through traditional and social media alike lie behind these impressive results and will be essential to driving future audience reach and impact.”
The record numbers, released in the BBG Performance and Accountability Report (PAR), measure the combined audience of the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio and TV Martí, Radio Free Asia (RFA) and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa). The report details impact on audiences around the globe including people in the world’s most repressive media and political environments.
The BBG’s PAR follows on the heels of BBG’s latest strategic plan, Impact through Innovation and Integration, which sets an over-arching objective of making BBG the world’s leading international news agency working to foster freedom and democracy with the goal of reaching 216 million people weekly by 2016.
This year there were significant audience increases in Afghanistan, where RFE/RL and VOA together reach 75% of adults weekly; in Egypt, where Alhurra TV doubled its weekly audience to 15% in tandem with the Arab Spring; and in Indonesia, where VOA’s aggressive affiliate strategy has boosted weekly audiences to some 38 million adults.
Audiences in many other strategically relevant countries held strong. In Nigeria, VOA retains its position as a news source of record with 23 million weekly listeners. In Burma, VOA and RFA reach 26% and 24% of adults, respectively, amounting to a weekly audience of 10 million.
Audience declines took place notably in Iran, where the government continues aggressive jamming of every BBG transmission platform, including satellite uplink jamming; and Pakistan, where the media market is increasingly fragmented and use of radio is declining.
While radio remains the BBG’s number one media platform, reaching 106 million people per week, television’s growth puts it 97 million people. The Internet audience was approximately 10 million, with the largest online audiences measured in Iraq, Russia, Indonesia, Egypt and Iran.
· BBG 2011 Audience Overview (PDF)
· BBG Research Methodology (PDF)The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency, supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international broadcasting, whose mission is inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG broadcasts reach an audience of 187 million in more than 100 countries. BBG networks include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Martí).
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La radio internazionale targata USA conquista 106 milioni di audience
BBG, l'organo che gestisce la programmazione delle stazioni radiotelevisive finanziate dal Governo americano ha pubblicato i suoi dati di audience. Su scala mondiale, i programmi di VOA, Radio RFE/RL, Radio Sawa e altri raggiungono ormai 187 milioni di persone. Strabiliante il dato relativo alla radio: 106 milioni di ascoltatori, contro i 10 che utilizzano Internet. I risultati sono stati ottenuti in un arco di tempo piuttosto lungo, cinque anni, attraverso 172mila interviste in una ottantina di nazioni.
Come si vede la radio rappresenta il mezzo principe dell'offerta BBG, che raggiunge anche una audience di 97 milioni di telespettatori. Come si sa, una discreta percentuale di questa offerta radiofonica oggi viaggia sulle onde corte, che però vengono percepite come un medium troppo costoso e desueto. In effetti molti programmi viaggiano ormai sulle frequenze FM frutto di accordi con emittenti e gruppi editoriali locali e il piano di rinnovamento recentemente introdotto dal Board of Governors prevede un ridimensionamento dell'intero comparto onde corte.