The President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2022, sent to Congress on May 28, 20201, includes $810 million for USAGM.
As one of the largest media organizations in the world—our networks reached a record weekly audience of 354 million people last year, our brands are some of the most recognized and respected in key foreign markets, including China, Russia, and Iran. Programming produced by USAGM’s networks is delivered via radio, television, internet, social media, and mobile platforms, and ranges from vital, fact-based information on the COVID-19 pandemic to government corruption that local news outlets are unable or unwilling to cover.
In combination with our global reach, the trust that USAGM’s audiences place in the information we provide — and how USAGM informs their opinions on current events — is critical to combatting the deception and falsehoods spread by authoritarian regimes and violent non-state actors.
Accurate and truthful news and information has never seen the volume and complexity of challenges around the world, and USAGM pushes back with content that is fact-based, engaging, and relevant to global audiences.
The President’s Request of $810 million will enable USAGM to continue its vital mission in strategically important markets around the world.