Voice of America - Languages

Languages

The Voice of America currently broadcasts in 44 languages (TV marked with an asterisk):

  • Afan Oromo
  • Albanian*
  • Amharic
  • Arabic*
  • Armenian*
  • Azerbaijani*
  • Bengali*
  • Bosnian*
  • Burmese
  • Cantonese*
  • Creole
  • Croatian*
  • Dari*
  • English* (also Special English)
  • French*
  • Georgian
  • Greek*
  • Hausa
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian*
  • Khmer
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Kirundi
  • Korean
  • Kurdish
  • Lao
  • Macedonian*
  • Mandarin*
  • Ndebele
  • Pashto*
  • Persian*
  • Portuguese
  • Russian*
  • Serbian*
  • Shona
  • Somali
  • Spanish*
  • Swahili
  • Thai
  • Tibetan*
  • Tigrigna
  • Turkish*
  • Ukrainian*
  • Urdu*
  • Uzbek*
  • Vietnamese

The number of languages broadcast and the number of hours broadcast in each language vary according to the priorities of the United States Government and the world situation. In 2001, according to an International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) fact sheet, VOA broadcast in 53 languages, with 12 televised. For example, in July 2007, VOA added 30 minutes to its daily Somali radio broadcast, providing a full hour of live, up-to-the-minute news and information to listeners. VOA estimates it produces 1,500 hours of programming each week to an audience of 123 million

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