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Government Executive on VOA management’s short-lived Ebola vaccine test and report idea

Government Executive on VOA management’s short-lived Ebola vaccine test and report idea

BBG Watch Commentary Quoting BBG Watch, its anonymous commentator, The Federalist, and a statement by Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) Executive Director, Ann Noonan, Government Executive reports on a short-lived proposal of Voice of America (VOA) senior management to recruit VOA correspondents and writers to ...

Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Chair Jeff Shell at Oct. 30 2014, BBG open board meeting.

October 30, 2014 BBG Board Meeting VIDEO

BBG Watch Commentary The video of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) open board meeting on October 30, 2014 includes comments by BBG Chair Jeff Shell, BBG Governor Michael Meehan, BBG Governor Matt Armstrong, Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusiv.org) Executive Director Ann Noonan, former Voice of America (VOA) d...

RFE/RL Report: Russian Media Behemoth Set To Launch Wave Of Foreign Bureaus

RFE/RL Report: Russian Media Behemoth Set To Launch Wave Of Foreign Bureaus

BBG Watch Commentary A very informative report on the expansion of the Kremlin’s media outreach abroad was posted online by Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). BBG Watch reposts it in full as a public service with a link to the original. Russian Media Behemoth Set To Launch Wave Of Foreign Bureaus   By Tom Balmforth   O...

BBG Board Meeting and What Is The Secret To Media Brand Loyalty?

BBG Board Meeting and What Is The Secret To Media Brand Loyalty?

BBG Watch Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors Board meeting will start at 9:30 AM on Thursday. If you have not registered to attend it and speak as a member of the public, we hope you can still watch it live online on the BBG website. The meeting will include a special panel of award-winning media executives discussing digital story...

Voice of America and Secret Service: Very Different, Very Similar

Voice of America and Secret Service: Very Different, Very Similar

BBG Watch Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from a current Voice of America journalist who prefers to remain anonymous. Views expressed here are only those of the authors and not of BBG Watch, its volunteers, or sponsors. We invite those with opposing views and others who want to comment on this or ot...

Spirit Day Celebration at Broadcasting Board of Governors As Respect For Senior Leaders and Employee Morale Plummet

Spirit Day Celebration at Broadcasting Board of Governors As Respect For Senior Leaders and Employee Morale Plummet

BBG Watch Commentary The following notice was emailed to Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) federal employees, including Voice of America (VOA) journalists, by the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB), the BBG’s management arm in Washington, DC. From: IBB Notices Admin Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:49 PM To: IBB Notices Administrati...

Voice of America fumbles on a breaking space rocket explosion story

Voice of America fumbles on a breaking space rocket explosion story

BBG Watch Commentary Mismanaged U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) was once again “out to lunch” after business hours in Washington, DC when an unmanned NASA-contracted supply rocket, Antares, bound for the International Space Station, exploded shortly after its launch Tuesday evening from the nearby U.S. state of Virginia. Voi...

Former BBG member: Ukrainians stand for national unity

Former BBG member: Ukrainians stand for national unity

BBG Watch Commentary Co-leader of International Republican Institute’s (IRI) delegation of election observers Victor Ashe, former United States Ambassador to Poland and former member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), commented on Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Ukraine that “the vote is an affirmation of Ukraine’s desire for n...

Advice for Andy Lack from a Voice of America journalist

Advice for Andy Lack from a Voice of America journalist

BBG Watch Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from a current Voice of America journalist who prefers to remain anonymous. READ a previous post from the same author: “Memo to Andy Lack From A Disgusted, Yet Hopeful VOA Journalist.” Views expressed here are only those of the authors and not of...

Bureaucracy Warning Sign

Voice of America Management Flirting With A Killer Illness

BBG Watch Commentary After an absence of several weeks, BBG Watch is pleased to welcome a new commentary by The Federalist, one of our longest and most-read contributors with broad and intimate knowledge of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the Washington political scene and international affairs. We hope that The Federalist will continue ...

BBG employee union calls for change in senior management to counter declining staff morale

BBG employee union calls for change in senior management to counter declining staff morale

BBG Watch Commentary In response to precipitous declines in employee morale and employee trust in senior leaders at the federal entities of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), as shown in the latest (2014) Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) conducted government-wide each year by the Office of Personnel Management, AFGE Local 1812 union...

Voice of America Management Call to VOA Journalists: Volunteer for Ebola Vaccine And Report on Your Experience

Voice of America Management Call to VOA Journalists: Volunteer for Ebola Vaccine And Report on Your Experience

BBG Watch Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from several current and former Voice of America journalists, some of whom prefer to remain anonymous. Views expressed here are only those of the authors and not of BBG Watch, its volunteers, or sponsors. We invite those with opposing views and others who wa...

Voice of America promotes N. Korean press release-like VOA news report as exclusive

Voice of America promotes N. Korean press release-like VOA news report as exclusive

BBG Watch Commentary U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) and its parent U.S. federal agency the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) are both promoting a VOA news report that reads like a North Korean press release and fails to meet VOA Charter‘s and VOA Journalistic Code’s requirements for balance. The report does not present ...

Voice of America senior leaders must leave to make VOA effective and improve morale

Voice of America senior leaders must leave to make VOA effective and improve morale

BBG Watch Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from a current Voice of America journalist who prefers to remain anonymous. Views expressed here are only those of the authors and not of BBG Watch, its volunteers, or sponsors. We invite those with opposing views and others who want to comment on this or ot...

Putin’s  Russian victimhood on VOA

Putin’s Russian victimhood on VOA

BBG Watch Commentary “Western media both expose, but often just report, Putin’s Russian victimhood propaganda claims, while poor management at Voice of America and insufficient funding from Congress prevent U.S. broadcaster from effectively countering Kremlin’s disinformation.” Former VOA acting associate director, CUSIB co-...

Memo to Andy Lack From A Disgusted, Yet Hopeful VOA Journalist

Memo to Andy Lack From A Disgusted, Yet Hopeful VOA Journalist

BBG Watch Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from a current Voice of America journalist who prefers to remain anonymous. We must apologize to the writer and to Mr. Lack for not posting the memo/commentary immediately after we had received it shortly before October 1. Occasionally our volunteer editors ...

Questions from a Voice of America Journalist

Questions from a Voice of America Journalist

BBG Watch Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from a current Voice of America journalist who prefers to remain anonymous. Views expressed here are only those of the authors and not of BBG Watch, its volunteers, or sponsors. We invite those with opposing views and others who want to comment on this or ot...

BBG Watch passes 3.5 million hits mark

BBG Watch passes 3.5 million hits mark

BBG Watch Commentary We were short-staffed and busy recently with posting a number of new stories and commentaries from our volunteers to be able to report promptly that the BBG Watch website had passed the 3.5 million hits mark several days ago. We want to thank our readers, supporters and volunteers for their commitment to our watch dog website. ...

‘Congress Calls for Investigation into VOA for Pro-Iran Corruption,’ Washington Free Beacon Reports

‘Congress Calls for Investigation into VOA for Pro-Iran Corruption,’ Washington Free Beacon Reports

BBG Watch Commentary “Congress is calling for an investigation into Voice of America’s (VOA) Persian language news service as a result of what they say is the station’s systemic pro-Iran bias and cozy ties to the anti-American ruling regime, according to a letter sent recently to Secretary of State John Kerry,” Adam Kredo reported in an...

OPM employee survey shows leadership crisis at Broadcasting Board of Governors

OPM employee survey shows leadership crisis at Broadcasting Board of Governors

BBG Watch Commentary The initial Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) results from the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) show further declines in employee morale and increases in negative employee perceptions of the agency’s leadership despite senior management’s attempts to win over the workforce with Bingo Nights and Ice ...

Union comments on improper contracting by BBG – IBB – VOA – OCB officials

Union comments on improper contracting by BBG – IBB – VOA – OCB officials

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch reposts a commentary by AFGE Local 1812. It deals with employment of private contractors by officials of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The Office of Inspector General (OIG) determined that executives, who were and some of whom are still in charge of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB), the Voice o...

Former BBG member Victor Ashe to observe Ukrainian elections

Former BBG member Victor Ashe to observe Ukrainian elections

BBG Watch Commentary The International Republican Institute announced that its delegation to observe Ukraine’s October 26, 2014 parliamentary elections, will be led by Ambassador Victor Ashe, former United States Ambassador to Poland and former Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member, and Iveta Radičová, former prime minister of Slovakia. Vict...

Lynne Weil to leave BBG for a new job in communications

Lynne Weil to leave BBG for a new job in communications

BBG Watch Commentary Broadcasting Board of Governors Director of Communications and External Affairs, Lynne Weil, will leave the BBG to become Public Affairs Director at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition news release said that “Weil will lead the growing advocacy organization’s efforts to educate the p...

The World Speaks Out – Solidarity with Hong Kong on Radio Free Asia

The World Speaks Out – Solidarity with Hong Kong on Radio Free Asia

BBG Watch Commentary THE WORLD SPEAKS OUT is a new page on Radio Free Asia (RFA) website showing the world’s solidarity with the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Thanks to RFA, Voice of America, BBC and other Western media using multiple news delivery channels, China’s “Great Firewall” of censorship and jamming of broadc...

Voice of America and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty launch TV news in Russian

Voice of America and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty launch TV news in Russian

BBG Watch Commentary Publicly-funded U.S. multimedia broadcasters serving international audiences, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and the Voice of America (VOA), have launched a new 30-minute daily Russian-language TV news program for audiences in countries bordering Russia. According to press releases on RFE/RL, VOA, and Broadcasting B...

Voice of America journalist to moderate election debates in Ukraine

Voice of America journalist to moderate election debates in Ukraine

BBG Watch Commentary Not everything at the Voice of America (VOA) is doom and gloom despite serious management problems at the U.S. taxpayer-funded media organization serving overseas audiences. While VOA English Newsroom and VOA English news website are in a crisis, some VOA foreign language services and many individual VOA journalists are doing t...

Voice of America Heralds Its News Decline with RT Logo

Voice of America Heralds Its News Decline with RT Logo

BBG Watch Commentary Nothing illustrates better the decline of the U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) as a news organization charged by law (VOA Charter) to “present the policies of the United States clearly and effectively” than VOA’s use on Saturday, October 11, 2014 of a three-day-old Reuters news story with an old Reu...

Voice of America Alters Broadcasts After Hong Kong Protests Begin, Epoch Times Reports

Voice of America Alters Broadcasts After Hong Kong Protests Begin, Epoch Times Reports

BBG Watch Commentary The Epoch Times, a newspaper published by the multi-language, international media organisation associated with the Falun Gong, has an article in its English-language edition on the controversial handling of Voice of America (VOA) broadcasts to China in the midst of Hong Kong protests. Critics have pointed out that instead of im...

Government Executive reports on overuse and abuse of contractors at Voice of America

Government Executive reports on overuse and abuse of contractors at Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary Senior bureaucrats at the Voice of America (VOA) and the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) have been able to hold on to their six-figure, full time government jobs, expand IBB bureaucratic and program support positions by close to 40 percent in the last seven years, and avoid a...

Lack Meets With Reform-Minded CUSIB, Radio World reports

Lack Meets With Reform-Minded CUSIB, Radio World reports

BBG Watch Commentary Interacting with an advocacy group that has been critical of certain Broadcasting Board of Governors policies, Andrew Lack met this week with members of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting in New York, according to a report on the website BBG Watch, which itself has ties to CUSIB. Lack has been offered t...

BBG CEO-Designate Andy Lack Meets CUSIB Supporters of U.S. International Media

BBG CEO-Designate Andy Lack Meets CUSIB Supporters of U.S. International Media

BBG Watch EXCLUSIVE News and Commentary Journalist and media executive Andrew Lack, who had been selected by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to be the agency’s CEO, met in New York Tuesday with members of the NGO Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org), which advocates for better management and more f...

Radio Free Asia offers exclusive news on Hong Kong protests on digital platforms and TV

Radio Free Asia offers exclusive news on Hong Kong protests on digital platforms and TV

BBG Watch Commentary Two key U.S. senators called Sunday for a “de-escalation” of the one week standoff between the authorities in Hong Kong and pro-democracy protesters, saying “good faith” negotiations were key to breaking the stalemate over election reforms for the former British colony, Radio Free Asia reported in an exc...

Hong Kong in Crisis, Voice of America Reduces TV to China

Hong Kong in Crisis, Voice of America Reduces TV to China

BBG Watch Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from a current Voice of America journalist who prefers to remain anonymous. Views expressed here are only those of the authors and not of BBG Watch, its volunteers, or sponsors. We invite those with opposing views and others who want to comment on this or ot...

Voice of America Reduces TV to China On the Sly As Hong Kong Protests Intensify

Voice of America Reduces TV to China On the Sly As Hong Kong Protests Intensify

BBG Watch Commentary In yet another example of management meltdown, lack of communication and confusion at the U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA), senior executives of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) federal agency and VOA senior managers stealthily cut 14 repeat hours of satellite TV news programming weekly to China in the middl...

Voice of America executives still not reading VOA website

Voice of America executives still not reading VOA website

BBG Watch Commentary by Another Backbencher       As of Friday, Oct 3 at 1:54am, the Voice of America Web entertainment page still has two lead-ins to Clooney wedding stories, including one that is STILL reporting that that Clooney is “set to renounce” his bachelorhood oath, and marry…etc. It’s a Reuters story...

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