University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries
Broadcasting Foundation of America Audiotape Collection


Media #1995-12

Scope: 6,183 1/4” audiotape reels

Program air dates: 1973-1979 (partial)

The Broadcasting Foundation of America (BFA) was founded in the 1950s by a group of broadcasters to distribute foreign news content to U.S. public broadcasting radio stations. BFA was in operation from c. 1955-c. 1983.

BFA was awarded a Peabody Award, administered by the Grady College of Journalism at UGA, for Promotion of International Understanding Through Radio in 1972. The citation reads: “From 40 countries, a unique variety of informational, public affairs and cultural audio-tape programs are released daily to commercial and educational stations. These cover such events as the great European music festivals and developments in the fields of science, education, and the lively arts. The timely World Press Digest reports opinion from such capitals as London, Paris, Rome, or Tokyo, giving current news from around the world.”

This collection was purchased in 1978 by the University of Georgia Libraries which also subscribed to receive more BFA programs until it cancelled the subscription in 1979.

Program titles in this collection include:

  • Arab Press Review
  • Arts in Belgium, The (From the Belgian Radio International Service)
  • BBC World Report
  • Belgian Press Review
  • Belgian Radio International Service Presents
  • Bergen International Festival 1973
  • British Press Review
  • Call From London
  • Features of the Week
  • First Fifty Years with Marty Robinson
  • French Press Review
  • Indian Press Review
  • International Almanac
  • International Literary Report
  • International Science Report
  • Iran Today and Yesterday
  • Israel Press Review
  • Italian Press Review
  • Japanese Press Review
  • Midnight Special, The
  • Music From Rochester
  • New Dimensions of Education
  • New York Botanical Garden, The
  • Overseas Assignment (BBC)
  • Panorama of the Lively Arts
  • Radio Norway Presents: Norway This Week
  • Republic of China--Exchange Program, The
  • Salzburg Festival, 1973
  • Salzburg Festival, 1975
  • Singing Lady, The
  • South African Farmer's Newsletter
  • South African Magazine
  • Starcaster Series, The
  • Studs Terkel Show, The
  • Swedish Press Review
  • This Is Your World! A BBC Public Affairs Program
  • This Week in Latin America
  • Vienna Festival of 1973
  • World Press Digest
  • Yugoslav Press Review

Each program runs approximately 5 minutes to 60 minutes in length and is either complete on one tape or complete on two tapes.

This collection has not been transferred to digitally available media but can be upon request, tape condition permitting. We require 24-48 hours lead time to make content available, and large requests will require more time. Researchers are encouraged to make requests for material well ahead of deadlines for their use/listening. Programs are the property of their respective creators and are under copyright protection. Access to this collection is for on-site listening only. Permissions for other uses must be obtained from the copyright holder(s) of the original programs and submitted to Ruta Abolins (

For specific inquiries into program holdings and content, please contact the Media Archives Archivist, Margie Compton, at or 706-542-1971.


Hilmes, Michele. Network Nations: A Transnational History of British and American Broadcasting, Routledge, 2012.

Pomex, Anne S. “America’s new hearing aid: the story of the Broadcasting Foundation of America,” ALA Bulletin, 53:9 (October 1959). pp. 782-783.

University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Seymour Siegel Collection (collection #7371; 118 boxes of material).