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NOONAN, PRESUTTI, HEIL — mismanagement, independence, future of Voice of America

NOONAN, PRESUTTI, HEIL — mismanagement, independence, future of Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary Link to Video At the open board meeting in Washington Thursday, Broadcasting Board of Governors Chairman Jeff Shell welcomed to the board three new members: Ambassador Karen Kornbluh and Michael Kempner, who were in attendance, and Dr. Leon Aron. Shell thanked departing Governor Michael Meehan, calling him the “glue between the...

Voice of America Director Ensor mocked a watch dog website comparing it  to Jehovah’s Witnesses’ religious magazine

Voice of America Director Ensor mocked a watch dog website comparing it to Jehovah’s Witnesses’ religious magazine

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America (VOA) Director David Ensor, who is a high-level U.S. federal government official with an annual salary of over $170,000, used a holiday employee party to participate in a skit in which he mocked an independent U.S. watch dog website, BBG Watch, by comparing its audience numbers to those of The Watchtower, an il...

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Voice of America Information War Lost: David Ensor In His Own Words

Voice of America Information War Lost: David Ensor In His Own Words By The Federalist On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 what used to be the Voice of America (VOA) newsroom held its annual “VOA Follies.” As we noted in a previous commentary, this used to be a sometimes funny and clever event during the holiday season. It isn’t any more. But this year’s ...

WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE NOW?  by Gary Thomas

WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE NOW? by Gary Thomas

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from Gary Thomas. He spent 27 years at Voice of America before retiring in 2012. He was a senior correspondent and news analyst specializing in national security and intelligence issues. He served in Islamabad and Bangkok and covered stories throughout South and S...

A Broken Voice of America – Wall Street Journal Editorial

A Broken Voice of America – Wall Street Journal Editorial

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch is posting a short excerpt and a link to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial article, “A Broken Voice of America,” about mismanagement at the Voice of America (VOA) and at the federal bureaucracy of VOA’s parent agency, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). We apologize for not being able to ...

Voice of America skips live coverage of Alan Gross statement…extraordinary

Voice of America skips live coverage of Alan Gross statement…extraordinary

BBG Watch Commentary “Voice of America skips live coverage of Alan Gross statement…extraordinary.” A Comment from a former Voice of America senior VOA English correspondent. As of mid-morning EST, BBC coverage of the major news on Cuba consisted of no fewer than SIX separate stories, including profiles, historical timelines, live rollin...

Where is Voice of America on Cuba?

Where is Voice of America on Cuba?

BBG Watch Commentary As of mid-morning EST, BBC coverage of the major news on Cuba consisted of no fewer than SIX separate stories, including profiles, historical timelines, live rolling text feeds, and separate reports from BBC’s Miami and State Departure bureaus, all featured prominently on both BBC front and USA sections….VOA has/had...

VOA Director David Ensor Takes Shots at Ambassador, Former VOA Reporters, and NGO Media Watch Dog

VOA Director David Ensor Takes Shots at Ambassador, Former VOA Reporters, and NGO Media Watch Dog

BBG Watch Commentary VOICE OF AMERICA DIRECTOR DAVID ENSOR, DEC. 16, 2014: ” . . . [in response to] parties urging that we all be accurate, objective and balanced, I have as promised, 10 fun facts about BBG Watch. And the first one is, on BBG Watch, [name of former VOA Foreign and Intelligence Correspondent] … is writing far more than h...

‘RUSSIA’S WAR ON INFORMATION’ — Analysis by BBG Governor Matt Armstrong

‘RUSSIA’S WAR ON INFORMATION’ — Analysis by BBG Governor Matt Armstrong

BBG Watch Commentary Matt Armstrong, who serves as a Governor on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) since August 2013 and chairs a special Board committee examining the purpose and future of VOA, has published an analysis of Russia’s propaganda efforts. The commentary appeared in the War on the Rocks blog, a platform for analysis and c...

Crude RT Kremlin propaganda virus infects Radio Free Europe /  Radio Liberty English news site

Crude RT Kremlin propaganda virus infects Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty English news site

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch had reported how Voice of America English news website was picking up RT propaganda Tweets probably not even realizing that it was helping to spread Putin’s propaganda. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has been far better and more sophisticated in its Russia reporting and still is while VOA news covera...

U.S. International Broadcasting in the Omnibus – Helle Dale, Heritage Foundation

U.S. International Broadcasting in the Omnibus – Helle Dale, Heritage Foundation

BBG Watch Commentary Helle C. Dale, the Heritage Foundation’s senior fellow in public diplomacy, has written a commentary on the 2014 Omnibus Bill appropriation for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal board and the agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting. Dale refers to examples of questionable programming at th...

Illegally dismissed Radio and TV Marti journalists still in a limbo after five years

Illegally dismissed Radio and TV Marti journalists still in a limbo after five years

Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from a Radio and TV Marti illegally RIFed journalist who wants to remain anonymous in order not to jeopardize the possibility of getting back to work with the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), which this journalist and other OCB employees illegally dismissed in 2009 ...

Voice of America fails to broadcast CIA Director’s news conference live online

Voice of America fails to broadcast CIA Director’s news conference live online

BBG Watch Commentary     U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) failed to provide live audio, video or prompt live online text coverage (not counting a few Tweets) of CIA Director John Brennan’s rare news conference Friday. Brennan has defended the spy agency following the release of a U.S. Senate report that said agents used t...

Wall Street Journal Opinion: Voice of America is a Voice of Anti-Americanism

Wall Street Journal Opinion: Voice of America is a Voice of Anti-Americanism

BBG Watch Commentary Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Writer Sohrab Ahmari was interviewed for a WSJ Opinion Journal video on programming lapses combined with a management meltdown at the U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) and its parent federal agency, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The Wall Street Journal joins other mainst...

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Voice of America Information War Lost December Briefs – Literally

Voice of America Information War Lost December Briefs – Literally By The Federalist Not much happens in the Federal bureaucracy during the month of December. Anchored by the Thanksgiving Day holiday in late November and Christmas and New Year’s Day in December/January, Federal agencies indulge in making merry for the holiday season. The Broadcastin...

Voice of America Facebook still shows President Obama with a turkey 12 days after Thanksgiving

Voice of America Facebook still shows President Obama with a turkey 12 days after Thanksgiving

BBG Watch Commentary U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America news, Facebook posts and Tweets are not the only ones not being posted and updated in a timely manner. Thanks to a general lack of good management and oversight, international audiences are still getting to see as the VOA English News Facebook page cover photo a Thanksgiving turkey with the...

NYT reports on arrest of RFE/RL journalist in Azerbaijan, VOA English News starts coverage

NYT reports on arrest of RFE/RL journalist in Azerbaijan, VOA English News starts coverage

BBG Watch Commentary In a latest clampdown on free media, a court in Azerbaijan has ordered a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova held in pre-trial detention for two months, the New York Times‘ David Herszenhorn reported from Baku. READ: Azerbaijan Jails Reporter Who Angered Top Officials, Davi...

House vote, Royce, Engel on Russia too trivial for Voice of America, but not tighty whities

House vote, Royce, Engel on Russia too trivial for Voice of America, but not tighty whities

BBG Watch Commentary U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) English news service website completely ignored the House of Representatives passage on Thursday, December 4, 2014, of bipartisan House Resolution 758, which strongly condemns aggression against neighboring countries by President Putin. In an important move for the Voice of America an...

Is Hollywood Reporter making subtle fun of VOA and BBG?

Is Hollywood Reporter making subtle fun of VOA and BBG?

BBG Watch Commentary Sony Hack: North Korean Diplomat Reportedly Denies Country’s Involvement, by Erik Hayden, Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 4, 2014 Is the Hollywood Reporter making subtle fun of the U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) over a VOA “Exclusive” news report that lacked ...

Russia’s SPUTNIK and RT, WP, BBC, others have McCain – Bell – Hungary story – still waiting for Voice of America

Russia’s SPUTNIK and RT, WP, BBC, others have McCain – Bell – Hungary story – still waiting for Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary This is a follow-up to our commentary: No Voice of America report on controversy over confirmation of U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, BBG Watch, Dec. 4, 2014. We note that while U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) fails to report on Senator McCain, State Department and White House statements on a controversial nomination an...

No Voice of America report on controversy over confirmation of U.S. Ambassador to Hungary

No Voice of America report on controversy over confirmation of U.S. Ambassador to Hungary

BBG Watch Commentary U.S. media have reported widely on the controversy over President Obama’s nomination and U.S. Senate confirmation by a 52-42 vote on December 2, 2014 of President Obama’s appointment of soap opera producer and contributor to his election campaigns Colleen Bell as U.S. ambassador to Hungary. But U.S. taxpayer-funded ...

World Leaders get their news from the New York Times, Reuters, CNN and the Economist | Twiplomacy

Post by Twiplomacy. World Leaders get their news from the New York Times, Reuters, CNN and the Economist | Twiplomacy. Print PDFby

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Voice of America Information War Lost: From Malfeasance To Perdition

BBG Watch Commentary International and U.S. media do not frequently comment on U.S. international media agency, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, but when they do, articles about one of BBG’s U.S. taxpayer-funded federal media entity, the Voice of America (VOA), and the BBG’s federal management entity, the International Broadcasting ...

Federal Dysfunction: Voice of America and Department of Homeland Security

Federal Dysfunction: Voice of America and Department of Homeland Security

BBG Watch Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from a current Voice of America (VOA) journalist who prefers to remain anonymous. He writes: “VOA’s current leaders are weak, incompetent and lack vision. They must be replaced, or they will be the agency’s last leaders.” Views expressed he...

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...

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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...

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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...

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