US international broadcasting: affected by the government shutdown?

View of the Capitol Building from the roof of VOA

View of the Capitol Building from the roof of VOA

At least for now, it would appear, “programming of the U.S. international media networks will continue for overseas audiences” according to the BBG website and CNN.

I expect many VOA listener entertainment programs (those focused on music, arts and culture) will play archived material during the furlough. News programs should continue to deliver up-to-date information.

However, the shutdown will unfortunately have some affect on VOA Radiograms, as producer/presenter Dr. Kim Elliott will be on furlough as of 15:00 UTC today. In an email to the VOA Radiogram community, Elliott states:

You probably have heard the news about the US government shutdown. Congress has not sent to the White House an appropriations resolution that would allow continued funding of US government operations.

While VOA will remain on the air to provide news in its 42 languages, I will be on furlough during the shutdown and may not be able to produce a new VOA Radiogram for the weekend of 5-6 October. If the shutdown continues through the weekend, the transmitters, if they are on the air during the four half-hours of VOA Radiogram, will probably broadcast last weekend’s program, number 28, again.

After about 1500 UTC today, 1 October 2013, I will not be able to use this email account to send or receive emails until the shutdown ends.

My personal website,, will continue to be updated during the shutdown, and you can correspond with me using the email address [posted on].

The VOA Radiogram website,, will remain online during the shutdown, but I will not be able to update it after 1500 UTC today. I have already posted on that website some interesting results from the past weekend’s program.

Thanks to all of you who sent reception reports for VOA Radiogram during the weekend of 28-29 September. I will respond to all of your emails but will not be able to do so until after the shutdown.

The BBG website has detailed information for employees, including this BBG plan for operations in the event of appropriations lapse.

If the shutdown continues beyond a few weeks, then I imagine it could have broader implications for US international broadcasting. We’ll post updates with the tag “Shutdown.

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2 thoughts on “US international broadcasting: affected by the government shutdown?

  1. Daniel

    Radio Marti was still on yesterday morning, by the way. I woke up early and decided to do a bandscan just for fun and found it.

  2. Keith Perron

    A message from Larry London on the Voice of America. Hi everyone… is with deep regret that I must let you know that the US Government has failed to reach a budget agreement and that means that the US Government is shutting down as of today (10/1) and so is the Voice of America.

    Border Crossings listeners around the world will be listening to the VOA Music Mix networks music format while this shut down is in effect. We will temporarily stop playing requests or featuring interviews and giveaways while this process continues until a resolution is reached and the shutdown ends.

    Until that time, please know that you are in my thoughts. I hope this does not last long and we can be together again real soon.

    Thank you for your support!

    Larry London


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