What sort of VOA programming is available domestically?
All programs broadcast on or after July 2, 2013 are available upon request, unless we're restricted by licensing agreements with third-party copyright holders. Such programs (e.g., full length television and radio episodes) may already be available on voanews.com for download. Requests for broadcast-quality copies of VOA program materials should be directed to: Usagerequest@voanews.com.
VOA IS NOT PERMITTED TO DISTRIBUTE CONTENT PRODUCED PRIOR TO JULY 2, 2013 UNDER U.S. LAW. However, copies of this content may be available through the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Please contact NARA with any requests for VOA content produced prior to July 2, 2013 or with questions about what VOA content is available from NARA.
How can I get access to VOA programming for personal use?
VOA makes program materials available within the U.S. through the same news and information websites that VOA uses to communicate with foreign audiences. To access currently available program materials, please visit www.voanews.com and click on the Usage Request tab at the bottom of the page.
Are all VOA programs available on VOANews.com?
Please note that www.voanews.com links to VOA’s many individual language service websites. Click the ‘Sites by Language’ tab at the top of the page to see the full range of languages available. Many programs and news stories are only available on the site for the language service which broadcast those materials abroad.
How can the media or organizations get access to broadcast-quality copies of VOA programming for a one-time use?
Requests for broadcast-quality copies of VOA program materials should be directed to: Usagerequest@voanews.com
Does VOA make its programming available to the media or other organization on an ongoing subscription basis?
Yes. VOA and the IBB Office of Program Placement evaluates ongoing subscription requests based on the broadcasting principles and standards found in The U.S. International Broadcasting Act. For more information on the criteria used to determine whether VOA fulfills an ongoing subscription request, see BBG’s policy linked here from the Broadcasting Administrative Manual.
How can the media or other organizations get ongoing access to VOA programming for professional use?
Media entities, or other organizations, may request ongoing subscriptions by filling out an application form found on the Direct System, the BBG’s professional distribution system. Expect a representative from BBG to contact you about your application.
Will I be charged for accessing VOA programming through the Direct System?
BBG may collect a fee for reimbursement of the reasonable costs incurred to fulfill a request for program materials, including ongoing subscriptions for the Media and one-time requests for broadcast-quality copies of BBG’s program materials. Any fees will be outlined in an agreement between the Media entity, or other organization, and BBG.
I can’t find an older episode on VOA websites. What happened to it?
From time to time, VOA may have to remove content from its website. For instance, VOA removes program materials from its news websites when required by licensing agreements with third-party copyright holders. Once materials have been removed from one of VOA's websites, they are no longer available from VOA.
When VOA takes materials off of its website, materials designated as permanent under the BBG’s records schedule will be transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Programs designated as temporary under the BBG’s records schedule will be destroyed once they are removed from VOA websites, and are no longer available. BBG’s records schedule is published in the Federal Register and is available at NARA's website, through this link. See Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart F for information on how to request BBG program materials that have been transferred to NARA.
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