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Government Executive on BBG Watch coverage of H.R. 4490 reform bill

Government Executive on BBG Watch coverage of H.R. 4490 reform bill

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE: BBG Watch, the anonymous blog that harshly criticizes the BBG, has been sympathetic toward the bill. Its coverage of the vote showcased former VOA executives expressing hostility. “If this bill becomes law, VOA’s worldwide following would plummet,” tweeted former VOA Deputy Director Alan Heil. VOA’s own coverage of ...

Dear John Letter from VOA Girl

Dear John Letter from VOA Girl

Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries, including parodies and other humorous musings. If such adult content offends you, please read no further. This commentary is from a VOA journalist who uses the pen name “VOA Girl.” Views expressed are only those of the author, and not of BBG Watch, its volunteers, or ...

Are VOA Contractors Really Employees? – Commentary by AFGE Local 1812

Are VOA Contractors Really Employees? – Commentary by AFGE Local 1812

BBG Watch AFGE Local 1812, which represents Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employees has posted a commentary on the Office of the Inspector General report accusing International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and Voice of America (VOA) officials of hiring contractors as permanent employees in violation of the law. USEFUL LINKS: Audit of the Broad...

Beer – Yes, but no Voice of America report on North Korea sanctions vote in Congress

Beer – Yes, but no Voice of America report on North Korea sanctions vote in Congress

BBG Watch Commentary SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER: “There’s a level of irony here… VOA claiming their journalistic integrity is under attack and then putting out stories that make their journalistic integrity seem questionable. Very disappointing.”     Voice of America (VOA) English website has a funny, sporadic an...

Chairman Royce Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Reform U.S. International Broadcasting – PRESS RELEASE

Chairman Royce Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Reform U.S. International Broadcasting – PRESS RELEASE

Chairman Royce Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Reform U.S. International Broadcasting JUL 28, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded House passage of bipartisan reform legislation to improve the missions, objectives, and effectiveness of U.S. international broadc...

BBG Chair Jeff Shell on House Passage of International Communications Reform Act of 2014

BBG Chair Jeff Shell on House Passage of International Communications Reform Act of 2014

Statement by BBG Chairman Jeff Shell to Broadcasting Board of Governors Employees Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the United States International Communications Reform Act of 2014 (H.R. 4490).  Should it become law, this legislation would make significant changes to the agency.   My fellow Board members and I have...

Chairman Royce Statement on Letter to President Obama Urging Support for Legislation to Reform U.S. International Broadcasting — PRESS RELEASE

Chairman Royce Statement on Letter to President Obama Urging Support for Legislation to Reform U.S. International Broadcasting — PRESS RELEASE

Chairman Royce Statement on Letter to President Obama Urging Support for Legislation to Reform U.S. International Broadcasting JUL 28, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the recently publicized letter to President Obama from a br...

Trouble with English at Voice of America

Trouble with English at Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America (VOA) employees have told BBG Watch of continuing management shortcomings within the organization, which they blame mostly on VOA’s top leadership refusing to address serious employee morale issues. Many top VOA executives have shown to be terrible managers. Examples of poor management can be found throug...

House Passes Bill To Overhaul US International Broadcasting — Voice of America take lacks balance

House Passes Bill To Overhaul US International Broadcasting — Voice of America take lacks balance

BBG Watch Commentary It took Voice of America a few hours to post a report, which includes quotes by two outside opponents of the bill: former VOA deputy director Alan Heil and Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Christophe Deloire, but has no quotes from any outside supporters of the bill, including human rights NGOs, U.S. community leader...

House Passes U.S. International Broadcasting Reform Bill

House Passes U.S. International Broadcasting Reform Bill

BBG Report and Commentary Saying the United States is “losing the information battle” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) on Monday said the bureaucratic umbrella that manages U.S. international broadcasting is broken and must be reformed. Royce spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives during ...

Community leaders support reform of U.S. international broadcasting

Community leaders support reform of U.S. international broadcasting

BBG Watch Commentary UPDATE: H.R. 4490, the bipartisan Royce – Engel United States International Communications Reform Act of 2014 was passed unanimously Monday, July 28, 2014, by the House of Representatives in a voice vote. The bill now goes to the Senate, where a Senate version of the reform legislation is already in the works. ALSO SEE: C...

Resistance to reforms equals not enough reach and respect for Voice of America

Resistance to reforms equals not enough reach and respect for Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary Resistance to reforms from the entrenched bureaucracy equals not enough respect for Voice of America (VOA) abroad and in Washington, an Asian newspaper and a former VOA journalist concluded. The Straits Times, a Singapore-based English-language daily, reported about “Voice of America’s (VOA) short-wave broadcasts to...

H.R. 4490 U.S. BBG broadcasting reform bill scheduled for House vote next week

H.R. 4490 U.S. BBG broadcasting reform bill scheduled for House vote next week

BBG Watch Congressional and Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) sources have confirmed that the bipartisan Royce – Engel bill, the United States International Communications Reform Act of 2014, to reform the management of the U.S. broadcasting agency, including the Voice of America (VOA), is scheduled for a vote in the House of Representati...

Bureaucracy Warning Sign

Voice of America Reform – Wishful Thinking Versus Reality

Commentary Voice of America – Losing The Information War: Wishful Thinking Versus Reality By The Federalist   A new addition to the narrative regarding the future of US Government international broadcasting is presented by Mollie King, a senior analyst with the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and a former longstanding Voice of Am...

Why the Broadcasting Board of Governors Is Nothing Like RT — BBG Chair Jeff Shell

Why the Broadcasting Board of Governors Is Nothing Like RT — BBG Chair Jeff Shell

BBG Watch Commentary In theory, Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Chairman Jeff Shell is right in his Time magazine opinion piece: JEFF SHELL, BBG CHAIR: “In the sense that informing international audiences with news that is consistently reliable and authoritative, accurate, objective, and comprehensive is beneficial to U.S. interests, ye...

BRUNS Commentary: Reform legislation restricts Voice of America too much

BRUNS Commentary: Reform legislation restricts Voice of America too much

Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from Joe Bruns, media executive and former Voice of America acting director. Views expressed are only those of the authors and not of BBG Watch, its volunteers, or sponsors. It was submitted by Mr. Bruns as his comment to BBG Watch post Report language on H.R. 4490 st...

Report language on H.R. 4490 strengthens journalistic integrity, includes VOA Charter, limits Voice of America to non-surrogate role

Report language on H.R. 4490 strengthens journalistic integrity, includes VOA Charter, limits Voice of America to non-surrogate role

BBG Watch Commentary Report language for H.R. 4490, the United States International Communications Reform Act of 2014, has been posted online. H. Rept. 113-541 – UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS REFORM ACT OF 2014 The bill may soon be going to the House floor for a vote. Journalistic integrity section was strengthened in the report ...

BBG abandoned many RFA and VOA Asian shortwave radio audiences  to China

BBG abandoned many RFA and VOA Asian shortwave radio audiences to China

BBG Watch Commentary Without any proper advance notice to shortwave radio listeners, the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) International Broadcasting Bureau suddenly cut numerous Radio Free Asia (RFA) and Voice of America (VOA) shortwave radio programs to Asia and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) shortwave programs to Central A...

‘American policies are being blasted to bits’ while Voice of America shortwave radio goes silent in Asia

‘American policies are being blasted to bits’ while Voice of America shortwave radio goes silent in Asia

Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from Victor Goonetilleke, a native of Sri Lanka who is both an educator and radio engineer. 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 o...

BBG Shortwave Committee Chair defends himself against criticism by CUSIB, Radio World reports

BBG Shortwave Committee Chair defends himself against criticism by CUSIB, Radio World reports

BBG Watch Commentary Radio World reported that Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Shortwave Committee Chair Matt Armstrong expressed surprise at the statement from the independent NGO Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) calling on him to step down over the most recent BBG shortwave transmission cuts and their ...

Is it news, or is it propaganda? – Op-Ed in The Hill by Mollie King of IBB and formerly Voice of America

Is it news, or is it propaganda? – Op-Ed in The Hill by Mollie King of IBB and formerly Voice of America

BBG Watch Mollie King, a program analyst within the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) under the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) who spent more than 25 years as a journalist with the Voice of America (VOA), has published an op-ed in The Hill’s Congress Blog critical of the bipartisan U.S. International Communications Reform Act (HR...

Bureaucracy Warning Sign

How Voice of America Destroys Itself

Voice of America – Information War Lost: How VOA Destroys Itself By The Federalist   Alex Belida and Sonja Pace, former chiefs of the agency’s Central Newsroom, have posted a commentary on the BBG Watch website (“Don’t Silence America’s Voice”). The authors make another argument opposing H.R. 4490, a bill of the House Foreign Affairs Com...

Human rights organizations write to BBG urging end to discrimination of RFE/RL foreign journalists

Human rights organizations write to BBG urging end to discrimination of RFE/RL foreign journalists

BBG Watch Commentary The latest human rights organization to send a letter to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in protest against discrimination of foreign-born journalists working for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Czech Republic is the Bosnia and Herzegovina Helsinki Committee. The organization sent the letter to the BBG i...

Robert R. Reilly

Robert Reilly reviews new book by Martha Bayles on U.S. public diplomacy

BBG Watch Commentary U.S. public diplomacy and U.S. international broadcasting were at one time liked through the United States Information Agency (USIA) during the period of Voice of America’s (VOA) greatest reach and greatest successes, especially after VOA Charter became law in 1976. VOA reached the height of its influence as U.S. internat...

Leslie Hyland has new assignment, André Mendes is Acting CFO

Leslie Hyland has new assignment, André Mendes is Acting CFO

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Chief Financial Officer, Leslie Hyland, was given a full-time assignment to ensure compliance on financial matters, including dealing with serious violations recently revealed by the Office of the Inspector General in Audit of the Broadcasting Board of Governors A...

Radio Free Asia listeners in Vietnam upset over abrupt ending of RFA shortwave broadcasts

Radio Free Asia listeners in Vietnam upset over abrupt ending of RFA shortwave broadcasts

BBG Watch Commentary Radio Free Asia (RFA) listeners in Vietnam are upset over the abrupt ending of RFA’s shortwave radio broadcasts to Vietnam at the beginning of July by the decision of the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) that has not been properly announced to audiences. According to sou...

VOA radio listener in Asia to BBG:  bankruptcy without even a proper good bye

VOA radio listener in Asia to BBG: bankruptcy without even a proper good bye

BBG Watch Commentary A longtime Voice of America (VOA) shortwave and medium wave listener in Asia has written this letter after VOA shortwave transmissions were abruptly cut last month without any warning to VOA listeners or even VOA radio program hosts. Dear Chairman Shell and Broadcasting Board of Governors Members, On the 1st of July barely 3 da...

CUSIB Calls for Matt Armstrong to Step Aside as Shortwave Chair

CUSIB Calls for Matt Armstrong to Step Aside as Shortwave Chair

BBG Watch Commentary The independent NGO Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) has called for the restoration of short wave and medium wave Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Asia (RFA) and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) broadcasts which have been cut and will soon be cut to countries without free media...

Voice of America accuses Ukraine of inflaming rhetoric over downing of Malaysian airliner

Voice of America accuses Ukraine of inflaming rhetoric over downing of Malaysian airliner

BBG Watch Commentary     VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS: “Ukrainian officials have further inflamed the rhetoric over the downing of the Malaysian airliner, claiming that a Russian crew was operating the anti-aircraft system that was allegedly used.” With editorial direction and oversight almost nonexistent these days at the mismanaged...

Bureaucracy Warning Sign

Voice of America Lost in a Dream

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America – Information War Lost: Lost in a Dream By The Federalist   One of our sources forwarded to us an article by David Ensor, the Voice of America (VOA) director appearing on an agency website: “VOA in 2020.” You can view it here in its entirety:   http://www.insidevoa.com/content/voa-in-2020/195955...

Maximum Hubris Revisited:  Some Predictions, and Cutting Through the Propaganda – ROBINSON OP-ED

Maximum Hubris Revisited: Some Predictions, and Cutting Through the Propaganda – ROBINSON OP-ED

Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from Dan Robinson, former Voice of America White House senior correspondent, foreign correspondent and VOA language service chief. Views expressed are only those of the author and not of BBG Watch, its volunteers, or sponsors. Robinson submitted his op-ed in response ...

Brave New World Vision for Voice of America Challenged

Brave New World Vision for Voice of America Challenged

BBG Watch Commentary Ted Lipien, former acting associate director for the Voice of America (VOA) and co-founder of the independent NGO Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org), has posted a comment under an article on the VOA public relations website, “VOA in 2020,” written by VOA Director David Ensor. Lip...

CUSIB Director Meets with BBG Chairman Shell

CUSIB Director Meets with BBG Chairman Shell

BBG Watch BBG Watch has learned that Ted Lipien, Director of the independent NGO Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org), met in Washington this week with Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Chairman Jeff Shell to discuss issues related to U.S. international broadcasting and other media outreach. The meeting was pa...

Don’t Silence America’s Voice — Belida and Pace Op-Ed

Don’t Silence America’s Voice — Belida and Pace Op-Ed

A Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from Alex Belida and Sonja Pace, former senior news executives and foreign correspondents with VOA. 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...

Agency admits it fired workers who reported wastefulness to Congress, WT reports

Agency admits it fired workers who reported wastefulness to Congress, WT reports

BBG Watch Commentary The Washington Times reported that “in a notice recently posted in the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) offices in Florida and Washington, D.C., officials acknowledged that they “failed” to satisfy bargaining obligations in connection with the layoffs at the BBG’s Office of Cuba Broadcasting.” There is, however...

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