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What’s the difference between the VA and VOA?

What’s the difference between the VA and VOA?

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...

Hill sources don’t see intent to hire Andy Lack as ‘end-around’ BBG reform legislation

Hill sources don’t see intent to hire Andy Lack as ‘end-around’ BBG reform legislation

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch sources on Capitol Hill are not perturbed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) announcement last week that it intends to hire respected journalist and media executive Andrew Lack as Chief Executive Officer of the federal agency that oversees the five networks and broadcasting operations of U.S. internat...

‘A Snub to Congress: Oversight of International Broadcasting Agency in Question,’ Heritage scholar says

‘A Snub to Congress: Oversight of International Broadcasting Agency in Question,’ Heritage scholar says

BBG Watch Commentary Helle C. Dale, the Heritage Foundation’s senior fellow in public diplomacy, wrote in her commentary in THE DAILY SIGNAL that members of Congress have “every right to be peeved” by recent actions of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). “With the hiring of new Chief Executive Officer Andy Lack, forme...

OIG blames BBG Board and IBB for insufficient oversight of RFE/RL retirement plans

OIG blames BBG Board and IBB for insufficient oversight of RFE/RL retirement plans

BBG Watch Commentary In yet another report detailing serious deficiencies and violations of federal regulations by the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) management within the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) agency in charge of U.S. international media outreach, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported that Radio Free Europe / Radi...

Robinson and Thomas on H.R. 4490 Voice of America reforms

Robinson and Thomas on H.R. 4490 Voice of America reforms

BBG Watch Commentary Dan Robinson was one of the few if not the only Voice of America English news correspondent who while still working for VOA would make public calls for management reforms. He left Voice of America in early 2014 in protest against mismanagement. He explained his reasons for leaving in a letter to the supervisory Broadcasting Boa...

Promoting Free Media: Informing the 1989 Velvet Revolution and the Challenge Today – Wilson Center – October 16

Promoting Free Media: Informing the 1989 Velvet Revolution and the Challenge Today – Wilson Center – October 16

Public Announcement   RFE/RL, the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Woodrow Wilson Center invite you to a panel discussion onPromoting Free Media: Informing the 1989 Velvet Revolution and the Challenge Today Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:00pm – 6:00pm6th Floor Flom Auditorium Wilson Center Ronald Reagan Building and International Trad...

$157,500 Managing Editor job at Voice of America

$157,500 Managing Editor job at Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary The management of the U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America has announced recruitment for a Managing Editor position, which pays from $124,994 to $157,500 per year in salary plus all the benefits of permanent federal government employment. The job announcement on USAJOBS.gov was posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014 and will r...

‘The Andy Lack?’ Voice of America journalist puzzled but cautiously hopeful

‘The Andy Lack?’ Voice of America journalist puzzled but cautiously hopeful

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...

Former VOA WH reporter comments on Andy Lack’s appointment to BBG

Former VOA WH reporter comments on Andy Lack’s appointment to BBG

BBG Watch Commentary Former Voice of America Chief White House, foreign correspondent and language service director Dan Robinson commented on the appointment of respected journalist and media executive Andrew Lack as Chief Executive Officer of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal agency that oversees the five networks and broadcas...

CUSIB congratulates Andy Lack on CEO position at BBG

CUSIB congratulates Andy Lack on CEO position at BBG

BBG Watch Commentary The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting, (CUSIB – cusib.org) issued a press release in which the NGO congratulates Chairman of the Bloomberg Media Group Andrew Lack for accepting the position of CEO for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The press release quotes CUSIB directors Ann Noonan and Ted Lipien ...

Former BBG Governor Ashe welcomes news of Andy Lack as CEO

Former BBG Governor Ashe welcomes news of Andy Lack as CEO

BBG Watch Commentary Former Broadcasting Board of Governor (BBG) member and CUSIB member Victor Ashe welcomed the selection of Andy Lack to be the BBG’s CEO, but warned that Bloomberg Media Group’s current Chairman will face the entrenched bureaucracy at the federal agency in charge of U.S. international media outreach. Victor Ashe who ...

U.S. media on Andy Lack CEO announcement by BBG

U.S. media on Andy Lack CEO announcement by BBG

BBG Watch Commentary VARIETY Andrew Lack to Leave Bloomberg for Federal Agency Post The current chairman, Universal’s Jeff Shell, said, “Andy Lack has an unmatched record as a journalist and media executive, and he has successfully steered large organizations through changes in competitive media environments.” READ MORE: Andrew Lack to Leave Bloomb...

BBG Names Andy Lack CEO – BBG Watch had it first

BBG Names Andy Lack CEO – BBG Watch had it first

BBG Watch Commentary As predicted first and reported exclusively by BBG Watch last week, Andrew R. Lack, age 66, also known as Andy, will be CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal agency in charge of U.S. international media outreach. Andy Lack has had a distinguished career in television journalism before becoming a highly s...

WRMI to Begin Relay of Radio Ukraine International – NEWS RELEASE

WRMI to Begin Relay of Radio Ukraine International – NEWS RELEASE

BBG Watch Commentary Shortwave station WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida will begin a daily relay transmission of the English-language program of Radio Ukraine International on Thursday, September 25, 2014, according to a WRMI Radio Miami International news release (see below). NEWS RELEASE – September 23, 2014 WRMI to Begin Relay of Radio Ukraine ...

Shakespeare in Gdansk instead of anti-Putin rally in Moscow – What the heck?, Voice of America

Shakespeare in Gdansk instead of anti-Putin rally in Moscow – What the heck?, Voice of America

BBG Watch Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from Josh, not his real name. We detect irony and sarcasm in his commentary. Views expressed 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 ...

U.S. expert: ‘Putin Cleverly Exploits Three Weaknesses of the West,’ including journalists

U.S. expert: ‘Putin Cleverly Exploits Three Weaknesses of the West,’ including journalists

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America (VOA) senior executives could learn a lot from the most recent article by Prof. Paul Goble, a top U.S. expert on disinformation and propaganda, describing “proclivity of Western journalists to equate balance with objectivity” in news reports about President Putin and Russian actions in Ukraine. In h...

Voice of America English website ignored McCain criticizing Obama for refusal to provide arms to Ukraine

Voice of America English website ignored McCain criticizing Obama for refusal to provide arms to Ukraine

BBG Watch Commentary Even though the VOA Charter, which is U.S. public law, requires that U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America “represent America, not any single segment of American society” and “present responsible discussions and opinion” on the policies of the United States, the VOA English news service ignored on the VO...

Voice of America and RT English news in common : no headlines of Moscow peace protests

Voice of America and RT English news in common : no headlines of Moscow peace protests

BBG Watch Commentary     Mismanaged U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) and Russia’s propaganda propaganda outlet RT have something in common: their English news homepages are showing no reports, headlines, photos or videos of major anti-Putin and anti-war demonstrations in Moscow and St. Petersburg (as of 1:00 PM EDT, Sunda...

U.S. Senators Back Funding To Battle Russian Propaganda, RFE/RL reports

U.S. Senators Back Funding To Battle Russian Propaganda, RFE/RL reports

BBG Watch Commentary Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported that a bipartisan bill passed by the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee authorized $10 million in annual funding for three years focused on countering Russian propaganda in Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova, but also U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) had very litt...

EXCLUSIVE Broadcasting Board of Governors voted to offer CEO job to Andy Lack of Bloomberg

EXCLUSIVE Broadcasting Board of Governors voted to offer CEO job to Andy Lack of Bloomberg

EXCLUSIVE BBG Watch News and Commentary BBG Watch has confirmed that Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) members voted Friday to offer new job of the CEO of U.S. taxpayer-funded international broadcasting and other media outreach abroad to Andrew R. Lack, Chairman of Bloomberg Media Group, Bloomberg L.P. Andrew R. Lack, age 66, also known as Andy...

Yatsenyuk, Poroshenko Hail RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service On Sixtieth Anniversary – BBG PRESS RELEASE

Yatsenyuk, Poroshenko Hail RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service On Sixtieth Anniversary – BBG PRESS RELEASE

BBG Watch Commentary Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, currently visiting the U.S., sent a written statement to be read at at an event in Kyiv marking 60th anniversary of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Ukrainian Service. The event was attended by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and hosted by the Pr...

Voice of America – Russian TV program used for attacks on U.S. appears to be over, for now

Voice of America – Russian TV program used for attacks on U.S. appears to be over, for now

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch sources confirmed that U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America’s (VOA) participation in a controversial Russian Business Channel TV program named by the Russians “Cold War?” and designed by them to present America as an aggressor against Russia appears to be over, at least for now. U.S. and European ex...

White House on VOA-RFE/RL Russian TV, controversial VOA – Russia TV project not mentioned

White House on VOA-RFE/RL Russian TV, controversial VOA – Russia TV project not mentioned

BBG Watch Commentary   In the “FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Ukraine,” the White House has announced a mid-October launch of a daily, 30-minute Russian language television news program that will be a joint production of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Voice of America. According to the White House announcement, the program w...

No invasion of Ukraine if U.S. had 24/7 Russian TV channel,  Paul Goble says

No invasion of Ukraine if U.S. had 24/7 Russian TV channel, Paul Goble says

BBG Watch Commentary In a lecture on the topic of Putin’s disinformation war, delivered at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, top U.S. expert on Russian disinformation Prof. Paul Goble said that if the United States had invested some time ago in a 24/7 direct-to-home satellite television channel in the Russian language, targeting ...

Shifting the news agenda with Andy Lack, Bloomberg man eyed for CEO of U.S. media outreach at BBG

Shifting the news agenda with Andy Lack, Bloomberg man eyed for CEO of U.S. media outreach at BBG

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has reported that according to usually well-informed sources, Andrew R. Lack, Chairman of Bloomberg Media Group, Bloomberg L.P., is being eyed for the new public service position of CEO of all U.S. civilian international media outreach under the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency whic...

Bloomberg’s Andy Lack eyed for U.S. broadcasting CEO job at BBG

Bloomberg’s Andy Lack eyed for U.S. broadcasting CEO job at BBG

EXCLUSIVE BBG Watch Commentary Usually well-informed sources confirmed to BBG Watch that Andy Lack, Chairman of Bloomberg Media Group, Bloomberg L.P.,is being eyed for the new public service position of CEO of all U.S. civilian international media outreach under the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency which itself f...

U.S. political support growing for H.R. 4490, but some Senate Republicans want radical broadcasting reforms

U.S. political support growing for H.R. 4490, but some Senate Republicans want radical broadcasting reforms

EXCLUSIVE BBG Watch Commentary A key political constituency for many members of Congress, Central and East European Coalition (CEEC – ceecoalition.us) has expressed its strong support for the passage of “the Senate version of H.R. 4490, the bipartisan United States International Communications Reform Act of 2014, sponsored by Ed Royce (...

Time to Rearm, and Fight Enemy Propaganda, Heritage scholar says

Time to Rearm, and Fight Enemy Propaganda, Heritage scholar says

BBG Watch Commentary Helle C. Dale, the Heritage Foundation’s senior fellow in public diplomacy, has published another article in which she discusses proposed reforms to U.S. international media outreach managed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). Ms. Dale wrote: “Reform has support from a plethora of experts and former direct...

Voice of America Director David Ensor. Critics say that VOA news reporting under him and VOA Executive Editor Steve Redish has declined and nearly collapsed.

Voice of America: social media or ‘old state broadcaster model’?

BBG Watch Commentary Will VOA embrace change with social media or ‘old state broadcaster model’ of censored program placements in deals with repressive regimes? We have read an excellent Voice of America news report in which U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel is quoted as saying at an e...

Under Secretary Stengel: U.S. needs to harden its ‘soft power’

Under Secretary Stengel: U.S. needs to harden its ‘soft power’

BBG Watch Commentary How does the U.S. harden its “soft power”? According to a Voice of America (VOA) report, “U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel says that in the face of strong foreign propaganda machines such as Russia and the Islamic State, the U.S. needs to harden its ‘s...

H.R. 4490 would provide adult supervision for BBG and Voice of America, Heritage scholar says

H.R. 4490 would provide adult supervision for BBG and Voice of America, Heritage scholar says

BBG Watch Commentary Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation and the author of the book “A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans,” has written an article in The National Interest, “Can America Still Win the Information War?” The United States International Communica...

McCain wants to fight and kill, Russian TV says in joint program with Voice of America

McCain wants to fight and kill, Russian TV says in joint program with Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary McCain wants to fight and kill, Russian TV said in a joint program with Voice of America, but these specific harsh accusations against U.S. politician were left unchallenged by VOA which made only general statements that the United States does not want war with Russia. In a controversial joint program with the U.S. taxpayer-fun...

‘Media mob’ of over 200 reporters covered Clinton in Iowa, VOA absent

‘Media mob’ of over 200 reporters covered Clinton in Iowa, VOA absent

BBG Watch Commentary While U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) ignored former Secretary of State and former member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Hillary Clinton’s important political trip to Iowa last weekend, a “media mob” of over 200 reporters was on hand to cover anything she might say about running for p...

Russian TV with Voice of America: Obama – stupid, McCain – warmonger, journalists – fakes

Russian TV with Voice of America: Obama – stupid, McCain – warmonger, journalists – fakes

BBG Watch Commentary   If unable to see Part I of RBK-TV-VOA, Sept. 11, 2014 video, check: RBK-TV SMOTRI.com   In what one West European expert on disinformation and propaganda described as a “Russian triumph in terms of info warfare,” audiences in Russia to a local television program, with willing participation of U.S. taxpay...

September 13, 2012. BBG Presiding Governor Michael Lynton led the Board’s delegation to the State Department for a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an ex officio BBB member. The delegation included Governors Victor Ashe, Dennis Mulhaupt, Susan McCue, and Michael Meehan, as well as Richard M. Lobo, Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau. Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine, the Secretary’s representative to the BBG, took a leading role in framing the discussion.

Hillary Clinton, Obama, Biden, Bicentennial of U.S. Anthem — All Ignored by Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary       U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) did not cover Hillary Clinton during her visit to Iowa this weekend. The most likely next Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. presidency and possibly the next U.S. president if she is nominated and wins the presidential election in 2016 no doubt could have sai...

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