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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...

Bureaucracy Warning Sign

Voice of America Information War Lost: The Agency That Celebrates Its Failure

Voice of America Information War Lost: The Agency That Celebrates Its Failure By The Federalist With its mission effectiveness totally obliterated and legislation pending in the Senate to set a new course for US Government international broadcasting, the response from the Voice of America (VOA) to its dire predicament is: An Ice Cream Social. Again...

Voice of America executives took a break at ice-cream social to forget about John Kerry

Voice of America executives took a break at ice-cream social to forget about John Kerry

BBG Watch Commentary Thanks to the power of social media, we have seen photos of Voice of America (VOA) executives, whose six-figure salaries and generous benefits are paid by U.S. taxpayers, relaxing at an ice-cream social during government office hours on September 9, 2014. While we do not know whether these executives took annual leave to eat ic...

Digital Last at Voice of America with John Kerry – Good Enough for Government Work

Digital Last at Voice of America with John Kerry – Good Enough for Government Work

BBG Watch Commentary This commentary describes how Voice of America was “Digital Last” in its handing of an interview with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The author of “Digital Last at Voice of America with John Kerry – Good Enough for Government Work” is a former Voice of America correspondent who wants to remain...

Iranian Dissident Banned from VOA for Criticizing Tehran, Ban Later Removed

Iranian Dissident Banned from VOA for Criticizing Tehran, Ban Later Removed

BBG Watch Commentary Adam Kredo reported in the Washington Free Beacon that an Iranian expert and regime opponent was temporarily banned from appearing on Voice of America’s Persian language news station. This happened after Majid Mohammadi, an Iranian-American academic, compared the regime to a terror group during a recent appearance on the taxpay...

VOA Interview with Kerry — no video, no audio*, no photo, no Facebook**  — SKYPE interview with VOA reporter instead

VOA Interview with Kerry — no video, no audio*, no photo, no Facebook** — SKYPE interview with VOA reporter instead

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America executives have once again shown how unable they are to manage a news organization in the digital multimedia age. Managers failed to arrange for a video recording of today’s VOA interview interview with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, while BBC correspondent Barbara Plett-Usher recorded a video interv...

DIGITAL JOURNAL Op-Ed: Propaganda war in which Voice of America helps Putin

DIGITAL JOURNAL Op-Ed: Propaganda war in which Voice of America helps Putin

BBG Watch Commentary Former Voice of America (VOA) acting associate director Ted Lipien, who is now director of the Independent Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) which support independent media including our website, has published an op-ed in DIGITAL JOURNAL, titled “Propaganda war in which Voice of Ameri...

Will Voice of America management violate VOA Charter and U.S. law in a deal with communist Vietnam?

Will Voice of America management violate VOA Charter and U.S. law in a deal with communist Vietnam?

VOA Charter Commentary Steve Peacock reported in an article on the WND website that “the Obama administration is looking to negotiate with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the government that emerged after a war costing more than 58,000 American lives, to carry a ‘Welcome to America’ radio program over its state radio station. &...

Information war – Russia 2 :  Voice of America 0, experts agree

Information war – Russia 2 : Voice of America 0, experts agree

BBG Watch Commentary U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Rick Stengel observed recently that social media is the area the U.S. should own in the information war with Russia, but “we really don’t own it.” Stengel was commenting how well Russia’s RT (formerly Russia Today) Kremlin media outlet...

VOA expecting riots in Russia? Or maybe Novorossiya?  Taxpayers pay for anti-riot car and much more

VOA expecting riots in Russia? Or maybe Novorossiya? Taxpayers pay for anti-riot car and much more

BBG Watch Commentary The Washington Post “In the Loop” columnist Al Kamen is perhaps making fun of the federal Voice of America (VOA) management for trying to buy a riot and crash-proof “Heavy Duty Vehicle for VOA Moscow Correspondent Bureau” — “VOA expecting riots in Russia? Or maybe Novorossiya?,” By Al Kamen, “...

Voice of America missed U.S. ties of Obama’s host in Estonia

Voice of America missed U.S. ties of Obama’s host in Estonia

BBG Commentary Hosting President Obama during his visit to Estonia was President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) has completely ignored the fact that Ilves grew up and was educated in the United States, even though part of VOA’s mission is to present the American experience to international audiences. Preside...

Obama Baltics speech report quickly buried by Voice of America

Obama Baltics speech report quickly buried by Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary     Voice of America (VOA) has removed from the VOA English News homepage and even from VOA Europe News page any links to the full VOA report on President Obama’s Wednesday speech in Tallinn, Estonia, in which he stressed NATO commitment to the Baltic states and condemned Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. ...

Voice of America senior correspondent  presents an accurate apology for Putin, but on whose behalf?

Voice of America senior correspondent presents an accurate apology for Putin, but on whose behalf?

VOA Charter Commentary BBG Watch has been contacted by “VOA Charter” who offered to write for us whenever the Charter feels ignored, abused or plainly violated. Today we post VOA Charter’s first commentary. Voice of America senior correspondent presents an accurate apology for Putin, but on whose behalf? Voice of America senior co...

Voice of America fails to update news and headlines on important news day

Voice of America fails to update news and headlines on important news day

BBG Watch Commentary       While President Obama was visiting Estonia and declared that “borders cannot be re-drawn at the barrel of a gun,” U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) failed to update the headline on another major news story of the day, a “ceasefire process” in Ukraine reportedly discussed by...

In reporting on Steven Sotloff, Voice of America fails to mention BBG statement and missing Alhurra journalist

In reporting on Steven Sotloff, Voice of America fails to mention BBG statement and missing Alhurra journalist

BBG Watch Commentary U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) posted a news report on today’s reported beheading of American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff by the extremist group Islamic State, but as of 8:45 PM EDT Tuesday, September 2, 2014, VOA failed to mention Bashar Fahmi, the missing reporter of the Broadcasting Board of Governors&#...

CUSIB calls radio the best countermeasure to Internet censorship and spying on netizens in China – CUSIB PRESS RELEASE

CUSIB calls radio the best countermeasure to Internet censorship and spying on netizens in China – CUSIB PRESS RELEASE

BBG Watch Commentary The independent NGO Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) has posted a press release calling radio “the best countermeasure to Internet censorship and spying on netizens in China.” BBG Watch is reposting the CUSIB press release. CUSIB supports broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) m...

NATO’s threat to Russia likely to be next Russian topic for joint TV program with Voice of America

NATO’s threat to Russia likely to be next Russian topic for joint TV program with Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary     Having relinquished control to the Russian side in a desperate attempt to get access to a TV audience in Russia, Voice of America (VOA) executives are likely to continue to agree to topics for a new weekly discussion program with the Russian Business Channel (RBC) that favor and promote key propaganda themes advan...

Voice of America helped Russia score propaganda points with poor VOA performance in a TV project

Voice of America helped Russia score propaganda points with poor VOA performance in a TV project

BBG Watch Commentary All American and European media and information strategy experts consulted by BBG Watch agreed that U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) helped Russia score propaganda points against the U.S. with the poor performance of VOA participants in a joint TV discussion program with the Russian Business Channel (RBC) last Thursd...

Sen. Menendez’s ‘arms for Ukraine’ call merits top headline on BBC, but not on Voice of America English news website

Sen. Menendez’s ‘arms for Ukraine’ call merits top headline on BBC, but not on Voice of America English news website

BBG Watch Commentary Key American senators, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), calling for the U.S. to send weapons to help Ukraine fight what they say is “a Russian invasion,” was top news on the BBC website for much of the day on Sunday, but on the U.S. taxpayer-funded Vo...

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