2018 annual report
The 2018 Annual Report details the Agency’s activities and growing impact around the world.
“I am so very proud to be at the helm of a modern media organization that has been on an accelerating arc of success for almost two decades. I am especially proud that every USAGM employee is part of one team, collaborating to advance our mission and the fundamental, universal principles of press freedom.”
John F. LansingChief Executive Officer and Director (2015-2019)
In this global media environment, consumed by misinformation campaigns and far-reaching censorship, we know that accurate and unbiased information is an important currency. Our role is to support the kinds of societies that, in the long run, support U.S. national interests. These are free, open, and democratic societies. We know that an informed population is a more stable one, and USAGM has played a critical role in supporting that.
This report details the important work done by the USAGM team in supporting democracy and human rights; telling America’s story; and getting true, accurate and reliable information to some of the most information-controlled environments in the world.
In 2018, we also made the most significant progress yet in our transformation into a modern and nimble media enterprise: we changed our name to the U.S. Agency for Global Media.
The U.S. Agency for Global Media is now operating far beyond the traditional broadcast mediums of television and radio to include digital and mobile platforms. Our new name reflects our modernization and forward momentum while honoring our enduring mission to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.
In 2018 we saw our largest audience growth ever from 278 million in 2017 to a total of 345 million. This growth is due in large measure to our remarkably talented storytellers across the USAGM’s five networks (Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks); our response to increased demand for digital, cross-platform programming; our ability to respond quickly to the explosion of disinformation, lies, and distortion; and our commitment to using whatever tools necessary to get content to those who don’t have the benefit of a free and open press.
Now more than ever, people around the world need access to the truth. Our name may have changed, but our purpose remains the same. We will continue to tell the truth and illuminate the world like no other news organization in the world.