Core U.S. Overseas Broadcasting Deemed ‘Essential’
—Much of U.S. broadcasting meant for overseas consumption will continue despite the federal government shutdown.
The radio and television programming under the Broadcasting Board of
Governors is considered “essential to national security,” according to
the BBG, which says its networks will continue to produce and air news
and information in 61 languages. The BBG is an independent federal
agency, supervising federal government-supported civilian international
The current broadcasting distribution schedule is continuing with the
support of a reduced staff of the International Broadcasting Bureau.
Internet and new media operations will continue as necessary.
Voice of America and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which consists
of Radio and TV Martí, along with the broadcasting networks — Radio Free
Asia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Middle East Broadcasting
Networks, which consists of Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa — will continue
programming during the appropriations lapse.
Updates to the BBG website will be limited to information about the shutdown and any other essential notices. ~ from Radio World