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VOA Covers Presidential Inauguration in 43 Languages

Audiences around the world will be watching and listening to live VOA coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, as he takes the oath of office and begins his second term in the White House.

VOA’s Persian Service, which is broadcast to Iran on direct-to-home satellite, is covering the president’s swearing-in and inauguration ceremonies with a live TV broadcast from the parade route, and a 90-minute special profiling all 44 U.S. Presidents. Coverage in Persian and many of VOA’s 43 separate language services will include simultaneous translation of the events, which will be carried on VOA websites and social media sites.

VOA’s Russian Service will broadcast an hour-long TV-web program that will be carried on Ustream, the VOA website, and on one of the leading independent TV-web broacasters in Russia.

VOA correspondents along the inaugural parade route and around Washington will take part in a two-hour English-language TV special that will feature analysis by studio guests, and panoramic images of the U.S. Capitol, which is located just one block from the VOA headquarters.

Spanish-language reporters will be providing all-day radio and TV coverage and feeding live updates to affiliate stations and networks throughout Latin America.

The Indonesian, Burmese, Korean, Khmer, Creole, Ukrainian, Urdu, Bosnian, Serbian, and Macedonian services are also providing affiliates with live reporting. VOA services broadcasting throughout Africa will carry special inauguration reports, and Central Asian services including Uzbek, Armenian, Georgian, Kurdish, Turkish and Azerbaijan will bring their audiences live coverage.

Building on the success of social media outreach during last year’s political conventions, debates and election, VOA’s Chinese Branch and other services will add live-blogging to their coverage and special web features with information about past inaugurations. The English-language TV special will be streamed on the main English website,, and most other VOA sites.

Voice of America is the largest U.S. International Broadcaster with a worldwide audience of more than 134-million. Its news and information programs are broadcast on radio, television, mobile sites and the Internet. Hundreds of affiliate stations around the world carry VOA programs, which are also broadcast on shortwave and satellite.

For more information about this release contact Kyle King at the VOA Public Relations office in Washington at (202) 203-4959, or write For more information about VOA visit the Public Relations website at, or the main news site at