Setting the Dial on Afghanistan

Broadcasting Board of Governors and Gallup
Thursday, January 15, 2015
9:00 - 10:00 AM

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Gallup invite you to attend a research briefing on media use in Afghanistan. The Afghan media scene has experienced tremendous growth in the post-Taliban period.

Although the country remains a radio market, there have been recent shifts in modes of listenership. Most weekly radio listeners (79.2%) still use a conventional radio set, but three in 10 (29.5%) say they've listened on their mobile phones in the past week. This reflects the overall increase in mobile phone usage, as four in five Afghan adults (81.1%) now say they have access to a mobile phone. This is a remarkable achievement when considering that the entire country had only 60,000 active phone lines in 2002.

The speakers will share data on media trends in the country, and review attitudinal data from the Gallup World Poll. Speakers include:

  • Chris Stewart, Partner, Gallup
  • Bruce Sherman, Director, Office of Strategy and Development, BBG
  • Mohamed Younis, Senior Analyst and Senior Practice Consultant, Gallup
  • Sonja Gloeckle, Director of Research, IBB
  • Paul Tibbitts, Director, Market Insight and Evaluation, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

This event is free, but registration is required at

For more information, please contact the BBG's Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4400 or [email protected]