VOAnews.com broadens coverage of war

VOAnews.com broadens coverage of war


The Voice of America has expanded its news offerings in the Pashto, Dari, Urdu, Uzbek and Farsi languages common in and around Afghanistan. The year-old VOAnews.com international news site, launched in November 2000 to supplement shortwave radio broadcasts, presents streaming audio and video news about the U.S. war on terrorism and subjects such as anthrax. The home page appears in Arabic and Chinese as well as English.

Media director Letitia King said the Special English section has been 'terrifically popular' with listeners in countries who learn English by listening to news segments read slowly via Real Networks' RealAudio server. VOA's worldwide audience is about 91 million.

'Design for the Internet is different from design for radio,' King said. 'There's very little Net access in Afghanistan.' VOAnews.com uses distributed caching to make its programming available to media globally [see story at www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updates/4334-1.html].

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