Washington, D.C., January 15, 2008 - Special interactive television and
radio programs, live video streaming and real-time blogging are among
the programs Voice of America (VOA) is using to reach worldwide
audiences with in-depth coverage of Barack Obama's historic
Nearly 200 VOA journalists and technicians
are fanning out across the city on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 to report - in 45 languages to an audience of 134 million - on Obama's
swearing-in, inaugural speech and celebratory parade. They'll be
stationed on the roof of VOA's headquarters in the shadow of the U.S.
Capitol, on Pennsylvania Avenue and in front of the White House.
eyes of the world will be on Washington for the inauguration of the
first African-American president, and we'll make sure our international
audiences are given the latest, most up-to-date news and analysis of
this event," said Danforth Austin, VOA's Director.
Among the highlights
of VOA's coverage:
• VOA English airs a 90-minute TV/radio simulcast
special report covering the inauguration. Streaming video and audio
feeds are available on www.VOANews.com and www.USAVotes2008.com.
• VOA, on its YouTube partner channel, www.youtube.com/voavideo, is
asking viewers around the world to submit a videotape telling how they
feel about Barack Obama becoming the 44th president of the United
• Persian News Network (PNN) will broadcast a
four-and-a-half hour special report, with live coverage of inaugural
events and analysis. PNN produced an eight-part special report covering
the transition of power, which includes U.S.-Iranian relations, Iraq
• VOA's Indonesian service will deliver 15 hours of
live interactive reports for nine of Indonesia's 11 national television
stations. Radio reporters will have question-and-answer programs with
Radio 68H network, with more than 400 affiliates.
• VOA's Spanish
service produced a special inauguration web page
(www.VOANews.com/spanish/obama-toma-de-posesion.cfm) with original
video stories on topics including event security and inauguration
costs. The daily El Mundo al Día television program will be devoted to
inauguration coverage, including man-on-the-street interviews.
• VOA's Urdu service is partnering with Pakistan Television and Pakistan
Broadcasting Corporations, the state networks, and GEO-TV for wide
distribution of live radio and television programs across the
• VOA's Afghan TV service begins its countdown to the
inauguration before the celebration with a package of interviews with
an array of experts. Radio will have wall-to-wall coverage with a
call-in show and guests in Washington and Kabul.
• VOA's Swahili
service plans a two-hour special as well as coverage of an inaugural
party hosted by the Embassy of Kenya, the home of Obama's late father.
• VOA's Portuguese service will host a live program with Angolan National
• VOA's Russian service will have live video streaming at
www.VOANews.com/Russian/ as well as real-time blogging, reports from
New York and California, and a video blog on advice for Obama from
VOA's Russian audience.
The Voice of America, which first went on the
air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded
by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
VOA broadcasts approximately 1,500 hours of news, information,
educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated
worldwide audience of more than 134 million people. Programs are
produced in 45 languages.
For more information, call VOA Public Relations at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.