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A Time to Give Thanks

A Time to Give Thanks

BBG Watch Commentary Happy Thanksgiving to all BBG Watch readers and contributors. We repost today a commentary by American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1812, which represents federal employees of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). A Time to Give Thanks By American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1812 Cold and snow ar...

Letter of VOA and OCB Journalist Contractors to BBG Chairman and Congress

Letter of VOA and OCB Journalist Contractors to BBG Chairman and Congress

BBG Watch Commentary “Instead, the agency seems to be attempting to sweep the issue under the rug by bringing in a third party middle man to be a buffer between employer and employee, and avoiding any redress for the apparent past wrongdoing.” From a letter of Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Voice of America (VOA) and Office of Cu...

Washington Post expanded column offers new details on Voice of America contracting scandal

Washington Post expanded column offers new details on Voice of America contracting scandal

BBG Watch Commentary We alerted BBG Watch readers to Joe Davidson‘s column in The Washington Post about the Voice of America contracting scandal. The author of the Federal Diary, a column about the federal workplace, mentioned BBG Watch reporting on VOA news and management failures. SEE: Washington Post cites BBG Watch on poor news coverage a...

Washington Post cites BBG Watch on poor news coverage and mismanagement at Voice of America

Washington Post cites BBG Watch on poor news coverage and mismanagement at Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary Washington Post columnist Joe Davidson has cited BBG Watch reporting on U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America’s (VOA) failure to provide timely online, Facebook, Twitter and radio news updates on U.S. mid-term elections results and other management problems at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), federal agency whic...

Obama to visit India — Russia’s SPUTNIK and other world media report, Voice of America is silent

Obama to visit India — Russia’s SPUTNIK and other world media report, Voice of America is silent

BBG Watch Commentary The White House sent out this announcement to the media at about 10 AM ET. Four hours later, Voice of America still has no news reports on President Obama’s planned visit to India. Several hours ago, the White House Press Office made an announcement today, Friday, November 21, 2014, that President Obama will visit India i...

Voice of America needed leaders and an editor for Obama immigration story

Voice of America needed leaders and an editor for Obama immigration story

BBG Watch Commentary   On such an important news story as President Obama’s speech Thursday evening on immigration reform, executives in charge of U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America should have made sure that there was a good editor on duty in the VOA newsroom after regular business hours. The Voice of America report had embarrassing ...

CUSIB Applauds Breakthrough in the BBG’s 5-year Log Jam for Radio and TV Marti Workers

CUSIB Applauds Breakthrough in the BBG’s 5-year Log Jam for Radio and TV Marti Workers

BBG Watch Commentary The independent NGO Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) has welcomed the news that the illegally fired employees of the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) Radio and TV Marti have just received some partial payments for the back pay they are owed. Fo...

Bureaucracy Warning Sign

Voice of America Information War Lost: Pants On Fire

BBG Watch Commentary     Voice of America Information War Lost: Pants On Fire By The Federalist We have been down this road, so many times before. But as long as this remains a card the agency wants to play, we don’t mind giving it an updated treatment. Consider if you will the latest in the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) attempt...

Voice of America report on Putin at G20 shows only pro-Putin readers’ comments

Voice of America report on Putin at G20 shows only pro-Putin readers’ comments

BBG Watch Commentary     U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) is either completely ineffective in audience engagement or its readers’ comments have been taken over by pro-Kremlin trolls. A recent VOA English news report, “G20 Leaders Rebuke Putin Over Ukraine,” shows 9 comments, which is a large number for VOA. (R...

Voice of America Homepage Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 1.05 AM ET

Voice of America homepage shows 6 hours old news Tweet alerts

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch looked at the Voice of America (VOA) English news homepage and discovered that it was showing Tweets as “NEWS ALERTS FROM VOA” that were six and seven hours old. Here is a screenshot image of the VOA homepage taken at 1:05 AM, Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Voice of America is funded by U.S. taxpayers to pr...

Bureaucracy Warning Sign

Voice of America – Information War Lost: Beyond Dysfunctional and Defunct

BBG Watch Commentary A new commentary from our regular contributor The Federalist deals with the Voice of America (VOA), a U.S. taxpayer-funded international media outlet within the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a federal agency overseen by presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed bipartisan board. Voice of America – Information...

Voice of America union discusses THE SILENCE OF THE VOICE on U.S. elections night

Voice of America union discusses THE SILENCE OF THE VOICE on U.S. elections night

BBG Watch Commentary International audiences listening to Voice of America English radio news online and on shortwave, including African Internet and shortwave radio listeners, would not have known on the U.S. election night that Americans were voting and for whom they were voting. For most of the night, the same audiences going to the VOA English ...

Senator Roger Wicker with former BBG Governors Blanquita Cullum and Victor Ashe and CUSIB Director Ted Lipien

RADIO PRAGUE: US Senator Roger Wicker to get Defender of Freedom Award for supporting RFE/RL

BBG Watch Commentary The Prague Freedom Foundation will present US Senator Roger Wicker with its first Defender of Freedom Award on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that toppled communism in Czechoslovakia, Radio Prague reported. Senator Wicker has been a strong supporter of U.S. international media outreach and has bee...

Sputnik, Putnik, Another RT

Sputnik, Putnik, Another RT

BBG Watch Commentary The name — SPUTNIK — for a news agency and international radio may sound silly in English, outdated — as a relic of the 1950s — and made even more funny by association with Putin (Putnik), but the new Russian international news agency and international radio website is slick (compare it to Voice of Ameri...

Does Shortwave Radio Have a Future?

Does Shortwave Radio Have a Future?

BBG Watch Guest Article This article by Thomas Whitherspoon, Director and Founder at Ears To Our World, originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of The Spectrum Monitor Magazine. Ears To Our World (ETOW) is a 501(c)(3) grass-roots, nonprofit organization that specializes in the distribution of self-powered world band radios to schools and comm...

25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and Legacy of  Václav Havel Commemoration in DC

25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and Legacy of Václav Havel Commemoration in DC

BBG Watch Public Announcement The Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Prague Freedom Foundation will host the Czech Philharmonic for a commemorative concert in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the legacy of Václav Havel. The concert will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Washington, D.C. at the Nat...

GOBLE: Putin’s Moves to Kill Ekho Moskvy Demand a US Response

GOBLE: Putin’s Moves to Kill Ekho Moskvy Demand a US Response

BBG Watch reposts this analysis by Prof. Paul Goble as public service. The original article can be read in Paul Goble’s Window on Eurasia — New Series here. Window on Eurasia — New Series Saturday, November 8, 2014 Window on Eurasia: Putin’s Moves to Kill Ekho Moskvy Demand a US Response Paul Goble Staunton, November 8 – Vladimir ...

Voice of America ignores Obama’s statement on Berlin Wall anniversary, U.S. contributions

Voice of America ignores Obama’s statement on Berlin Wall anniversary, U.S. contributions

BBG Watch Commentary November 9 marks the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Mismanaged, U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America, in its usual good for government work fashion, ignored President Obama’s Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and in its video report from Berlin on the anniversary failed to...

Former correspondents bemoan  Voice of America 2014 election coverage

Former correspondents bemoan Voice of America 2014 election coverage

BBG Watch Commentary To see comments about Voice of America’s English News election coverage, some of them from former Voice of America English foreign correspondents, click on one of the small icons at the bottom of the Facebook post from Dan Robinson or on his name at the top. Robinson is a former VOA Chief White House Correspondent, former...

Illegally RIFed Radio & TV Marti journalists look to another disappointing Christmas

Illegally RIFed Radio & TV Marti journalists look to another disappointing Christmas

BBG Watch Commentary Despite repeated promises from Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) board members that the agency is no longer challenging legal rulings that it had violated the law by its RIF of Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB – Radio and TV Marti) journalists and that it intends to give them their jobs back with back pay, as ordered ...

Voice of America shows its dysfunctional side on U.S. election night 2014

Voice of America shows its dysfunctional side on U.S. election night 2014

BBG Watch Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from former VOA Chief White House Correspondent Dan Robinson. 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 other issues fol...

RT and VOA U.S. elections social media outreach: Facebook RT 4.2K – VOA 208

RT and VOA U.S. elections social media outreach: Facebook RT 4.2K – VOA 208

BBG Watch Commentary RT and VOA social U.S. elections social media outreach: Facebook RT 4.2K – VOA 208 RT and VOA social U.S. elections social media outreach: Twitter RT 484 – VOA 73 RT and VOA social U.S. elections audience engagement: Readers’ Comments RT 136 – VOA 3 Comment on VOA U.S elections report: by: Ed from: Virgi...

Voice of America Twitter not updated with U.S. election Tweets for 4 hours

Voice of America Twitter not updated with U.S. election Tweets for 4 hours

BBG Watch Commentary As of 4:00 AM ET Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Voice of America (VOA) English News Twitter has not been updated with any U.S. elections Tweets for the last four (4) hours. Print PDFby

Non-stop music on Voice of America online radio after U.S. elections

Non-stop music on Voice of America online radio after U.S. elections

BBG Watch Commentary As of 3:20 AM ET, Wednesday morning, November 5, 2014, VOA’s online “NOW PLAYING: Live audio” of VOA radio was playing non-stop music instead of providing news reports or analysis of U.S. elections results. The same was true during Tuesday evening. VOA radio newscasts available online Tuesday evening did not e...

BBC and VOA U.S. elections coverage compared in images and sounds

BBC and VOA U.S. elections coverage compared in images and sounds

BBG Watch Commentary “Needless to observe, but BBC is wiping VOA in the dirt with wall to wall digital/web and live TV coverage.” — former Voice of America senior domestic and foreign correspondent     VOA On Demand-Online World News 12 Midnight 11-5-14 Downloaded 12.40 AM   This Voice of America (VOA) radio “...

Deutsche Welle analyzes Republican victory  – Voice of America not yet

Deutsche Welle analyzes Republican victory – Voice of America not yet

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America (VOA) was not only late in reporting on U.S. election results, not updating its Facebook and Twitter pages, and not reporting U.S. election news at all in its online radio newscasts all evening, but when it finally reported long after other media at about midnight that Republicans had won control of the U.S. Se...

Voice of America midnight radio newscast – not a word about U.S. elections

Voice of America midnight radio newscast – not a word about U.S. elections

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America midnight (12:00AM ET 11-5-2014) radio newscast – not a word about U.S. elections       Voice of America Radio On Demand-Online World News 12 Midnight 11-5-14 Downloaded 12:40 AM     This Voice of America (VOA) radio “Latest Newscast” available online from the VOA websi...

11:45 PM – BBC, CNN, FOX, CNBC and RT reported Republican Senate Majority – Voice of America has not

11:45 PM – BBC, CNN, FOX, CNBC and RT reported Republican Senate Majority – Voice of America has not

BBG Watch Commentary 11:45 PM – BBC, CNN, FOX, CNBC and RT reported Republican Senate Majority – Voice of America has not Update: Far behind other major U.S. and international media, VOA English News finally updated its headline around 12:00 AM ET to show that Republicans won control of the Senate. The following comment was posted on th...

11:00PM ET – U.S. election night – hardly any Tweets from Voice of America English News

11:00PM ET – U.S. election night – hardly any Tweets from Voice of America English News

BBG Watch Commentary 11:00PM ET – U.S. election night – hardly any Tweets from Voice of America English News The last three VOA English News Tweets at 11:07 PM ET are four hours, two hours, and 40 minutes old.   In addition to slow updating of Voice of America (VOA) English news website, VOA English news Twitter, and absolutely no ...

10:50PM -U.S. election night – no updates on Voice of America – VOA English News Facebook

10:50PM -U.S. election night – no updates on Voice of America – VOA English News Facebook

BBG Watch Commentary In addition to slow updating of Voice of America (VOA) English news website and absolutely no U.S. election coverage on VOA radio in the last few hours, VOA English Facebook page is also not being updated with U.S. election results. VOA has just posted some U.S. election photos on VOA English Facebook page, but the last substan...

10:00PM ET Voice of America radio newscast – no U.S. news items, no U.S. election coverage

10:00PM ET Voice of America radio newscast – no U.S. news items, no U.S. election coverage

BBG Watch Commentary     10:00PM ET 11-4-14 VOA LATEST, ON-DEMAND, ONLINE RADIO NEWSCAST. This Voice of America English newscast downloaded shortly after 10PM ET on U.S. election night, November 4, 2014, did not have a single U.S. news item and no U.S. election coverage whatsoever.   Print PDFby

U.S. Election Night, 9:05-9:50PM and continuing, Voice of America plays music non-stop

U.S. Election Night, 9:05-9:50PM and continuing, Voice of America plays music non-stop

BBG Watch Commentary     10:00PM ET 11-4-14 VOA LATEST, ON-DEMAND, ONLINE RADIO NEWSCAST. This Voice of America English newscast downloaded shortly after 10PM ET on U.S. election night, November 4, 2014, did not have a single U.S. news item and no U.S. election coverage whatsoever.   U.S. Election Night, 9:05-9:50PM and continuing &#...

Voice of America needs a new culture

Voice of America needs a new culture

BBG Watch Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. 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 other issues followed by BBG Watch to submit their op-eds for consideration. Voice of Amer...

Not a Lot of News Judgment at VOANews.com

Not a Lot of News Judgment at VOANews.com

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...

Dr. Leon Aron, Nominee for Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors

Dr. Leon Aron, Nominee for Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors

BBG Watch Commentary President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Leon Aron as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal board and federal agency in charge of U.S. international media outreach. His knowledge of Russia and the surrounding regions, as well as his fluency in Russian, will bring much needed exper...

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