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VOA Launches Web Newscast

Host Doug Bernard applies a different "take" on the day's news, using humor and a conversational style

Washington, D.C., June 7, 2007 - The Voice of America (VOA) debuted its first daily webcast, the Daily Download, this week. Daily Download is a short video available for streaming on the VOA Web site ( ) and contains U.S. and international news, feature material and other video clips.

Host Doug Bernard, who was named the Association for International Broadcasting's International Radio Presenter of the Year, applies a different "take" on the day's news, using humor and a conversational style to relate to viewers.

"Daily Download is another news service for our audience, it has a fresh approach, and fast-paced format to appeal to our overseas online audience," said VOA Director Dan Austin. "The webcast is free and available through the Internet whenever people want to hear a concise, informative and entertaining version of the day's news," Austin added.

The 3 1/2 minute webcast is produced by VOA's Worldwide English Division and can be streamed live or downloaded to media devices such as iPods. Daily Download will be offered for mobile phone access in the near future. More information and programming from Worldwide English is available at .

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 more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail