VOA provides a forum for open debate, as well as an opportunity to question newsmakers and U.S. officials, through call-in shows and web interactives. Its programs are guided by a legally mandated Charter that requires them to be accurate, objective and comprehensive. From its Washington headquarters, VOA produces more than 70 television shows, and more than 200 radio programs. VOA’s digital TV master control sends signals to multiple direct-to-home satellite networks simultaneously, and shortwave, FM and AM transmitters beam VOA to hot spots around the world. Individual language services each maintain their own websites, mobile platforms and social media sites.
VOA reaches a significant part of its audience on affiliate stations that rebroadcast its programs or receive live updates from VOA reporters. This affiliate network now includes more than 2,500 individual stations, which air a wide variety of programs. In Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, more than 300 affiliates carry VOA programs. In addition, VOA now reaches nearly 60 million adults in Latin America, thanks to an ever-expanding affiliate network that stretches from Mexico to Chile.