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RT and Voice of Russia have much more on U.S. troops  going to Poland, Baltics, and Black Sea than Voice of America

RT and Voice of Russia have much more on U.S. troops going to Poland, Baltics, and Black Sea than Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary Russia’s Kremlin-run media outlets, RT and Voice of Russia, have done considerably more reporting on U.S. troops going to Poland, the Baltic states, and Black Sea than U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA). The Kremlin’s media also reported on these U.S. troops deployments before VOA did and provided their own...

In less than grammatical English, rudderless Voice of America adds English lessons to its news mission

In less than grammatical English, rudderless Voice of America adds English lessons to its news mission

A Guest Commentary From A Former Voice of America Journalist I looked at the Voice of America (VOA) English website today and saw that VOA did not send a correspondent with Vice President Biden on his trip to Ukraine and failed to report on several key aspects of his visit, including a meeting with human rights and other civil society activists. VO...

VOA had no correspondent with Biden, offered limited coverage of his visit to Ukraine, but re-posted Al Jazeera tweet

VOA had no correspondent with Biden, offered limited coverage of his visit to Ukraine, but re-posted Al Jazeera tweet

BBG Watch Commentary While re-posting a tweet from Al Jazeera, U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) did not send its own correspondent on Vice President Biden’s trip to Ukraine and failed to report on its main English news website on many aspects of his visit, including his meetings with human rights and civil society activists. VOA En...

Is VOA hobbling?

Is VOA hobbling?

BBG Watch Commentary The latest example of VOA’s hobbled state was observed on Sunday, April 20, 2014. VOA’s English, Ukrainian and Russian services provided no online original reporting, much less news analysis, on the White House announcement about Vice President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to Kyiv on Monday. Meanwhile, Germany&#...

Is Voice of America hobbling along? – Ariel Cohen, Blanquita Cullum, David Ensor, Dan Robinson respond

Is Voice of America hobbling along? – Ariel Cohen, Blanquita Cullum, David Ensor, Dan Robinson respond

BBG Watch Commentary At the Heritage Foundation panel discussion today (April 21, 2014) on “Propaganda, Disinformation, and Dirty Tricks: The Resurgence of Russian Political Warfare,” all panelists were highly critical of the management of U.S. international media outreach, particularly management of the Voice of America (VOA). Ariel Cohen, Ph...

Propaganda, Disinformation, and Dirty Tricks: The Resurgence of Russian Political Warfare – Partial C-SPAN VIDEO

Propaganda, Disinformation, and Dirty Tricks: The Resurgence of Russian Political Warfare – Partial C-SPAN VIDEO

BBG Watch Commentary UPDATE: For full Heritage Foundation video and partial audio and transcripts, see: Is Voice of America hobbling along? – Ariel Cohen, Blanquita Cullum, David Ensor, Dan Robinson respond, BBG Watch, April 21, 2014. The Heritage Foundation held today a panel discussion on “Propaganda, Disinformation, and Dirty Tricks: The R...

Deutsche Welle offers two news analyses on Biden’s trip to Ukraine, Voice of America  – a short news item from Reuters

Deutsche Welle offers two news analyses on Biden’s trip to Ukraine, Voice of America – a short news item from Reuters

BBG Watch Commentary Germany’s Deutsche Welle (DW) has posted on its English-language website two lengthy news analyses on U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Ukraine on Monday. Meanwhile, U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) had no original news report on the Vice President’s visit to Ukraine and managed to post only ...

Bureaucracy Warning Sign

Death By Division

International Broadcasting Bureau - We Just Love Being Dysfunctional and Defunct! - Information War Lost: Death By Division By The Federalist   Most of us are familiar with the axiom, “Divide and conquer.” With the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB), it may be better phrased as, “Divide and destroy.” Let’s examine some of t...

Russian opposition paper Novaya Gazeta reports on BBG Watch article about Radio Liberty’s Andrei Babitsky

Russian opposition paper Novaya Gazeta reports on BBG Watch article about Radio Liberty’s Andrei Babitsky

BBG Watch Commentary A Russian liberal opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which is supported by Mikhail Gorbachev, has published an article about the suspension of famous Radio Liberty journalist Andrei Babitsky by the interim management of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) apparently for expressing in his Radio Liberty blog a personal op...

Government Executive quotes John Lenczowski and BBG Watch about BBG problems in Russia

Government Executive quotes John Lenczowski and BBG Watch about BBG problems in Russia

BBG Watch Commentary Government Executive website, govexec.com, quoted from John Lenczowski’s Wall Street Journal op-ed and BBG Watch reports about management problems at the Voice of America (VOA) and International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and U.S. media outreach in response the Kremlin’s propaganda. Both VOA and IBB report to the Bro...

The Voice of America Shouldn’t Be A Whisper by John Lenczowski

The Voice of America Shouldn’t Be A Whisper by John Lenczowski

BBG Watch Commentary In an Wall Street Journal op-ed, former President Reagan’s Soviet affairs advisor John Lenczowski argues for a presidentially-appointed full-time director of U.S. International Broadcasting with Senate confirmation who would be accountable to the National Security Council. Lenczowski argues that such a political appointee...

Bureaucracy Warning Sign

The Master Practitioner

International Broadcasting Bureau - Defining Success By Being Dysfunctional and Defunct - Information War Lost: The Master Practitioner By The Federalist How meanings turn on a word: According to the agency’s April 11, 2014 press release (“BBG Reviews Its Operations In Asia, Discusses Foreign Policy Priority Items”), one item in the ...

Applebaum in WP: ‘rethink the funding and governance of our international broadcasters’

Applebaum in WP: ‘rethink the funding and governance of our international broadcasters’

BBG Watch Commentary In a Washington Post op-ed, “A fearful new world, imperiled by Russia’s subterfuge,” Pulitzer Prize winning author, journalist and historian Anne Applebaum suggested that Europe and the United States can better counter the Kremlin’s propaganda and attempts to destabilize Ukraine by increasing funding for ...

Swearing-in Ceremony for Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Rick Stengel

Voice of America English news site ignores Kerry and Stengel, equates Obama with Putin

BBG Watch Commentary We found it interesting that Voice of America (VOA) English news website ignored the swearing-in of Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel, during which Secretary Kerry made comments about U.S. public diplomacy and Under Secretary Stengel commented about Vladimir Putin. A day after this event too...

BBC World News has ten times more Facebook Fans than Voice of America

BBC World News has ten times more Facebook Fans than Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary VOA Facebook Page – 561k Likes     BBC World News Facebook Page – 5.5m Likes     In pursuing their digital media and social media strategy, International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) executives who report to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) have nearly eliminated all of Voice of America (VO...

Bureaucracy Warning Sign

A Map, Malice and Mission Impossible

International Broadcasting Bureau - We Define Success By Being Dysfunctional and Defunct - Information War Lost:  A Map, Malice and Mission Impossible By The Federalist Yet again, another incomplete, disingenuous and misleading press release from the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) in the name of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG): “...

The War on Information, a view from union of journalists and other BBG employees

The War on Information, a view from union of journalists and other BBG employees

BBG Watch Commentary The American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1812, a union representing federal employees of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), has posted on its website an editorial commenting on the program placement strategy and the overall program delivery strategy of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and Voice ...

Blame the IBB, not the BBG Board, for making U.S. media outreach dysfunctional, says former VOA and IBB executive

Blame the IBB, not the BBG Board, for making U.S. media outreach dysfunctional, says former VOA and IBB executive

BBG Watch Commentary Journalist, writer and former Voice of America (VOA) and International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) executive, Ted Lipien, sent us his comment to an op-ed by James Jay Carafano in The Washington Examiner: “It’s time for Congress to hit the ‘reset’ button on public diplomacy.” We do not disagree with t...

Voice of America – Yesterday’s News Tomorrow – 24 Hours Late on Moscow Anti-Censorship Protest

Voice of America – Yesterday’s News Tomorrow – 24 Hours Late on Moscow Anti-Censorship Protest

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America English news website was more than 24 hours late in posting a news report on a major demonstration in Moscow on Sunday against the Kremlin’s propaganda and censorship of the press in Russia. While VOA Russian Service had posted on Sunday a report on the demonstration, the vast majority of VOA’s more...

RT, Voice of Russia report at length on content of Obama-Putin call, hours later Voice of America homepage states they have not yet spoken

RT, Voice of Russia report at length on content of Obama-Putin call, hours later Voice of America homepage states they have not yet spoken

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of Russia reported at 4:15 PM EDT that President Obama and President Putin spoke on the phone earlier today (Monday). Nearly three hours later, as of 7:00 PM EDT, U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America was still stating on its English news homepage that “Obama, Putin [are] to talk by phone possibly later today.”...

BBG Watch reports and commentaries have been quoted in The Congressional Record, Fox News, NPR, Washington Times and other media.

More than 2.8 million hits for BBG Watch

BBG Watch Commentary Quoted in The Congressional Record, by NPR, CNN, Fox News, The Washington Times and other mainstream media and numerous blogs, BBG Watch website has passed the 2.8 million hits mark. We want to thank all of our readers for their loyalty and support. We also want to take this opportunity to thank those who contribute articles an...

Voice of America English news, most of its language services fail to report on anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow

Voice of America English news, most of its language services fail to report on anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow

BBG Watch Commentary UPDATE: VOA English news website finally posted a report on the Sunday anti-censorship, anti-Putin demonstration in Moscow. The VOA report was posted Monday afternoon Moscow time, more than 24 hours after the event took place. U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) English news website and websites of most of VOA’s m...

Radio Liberty Russian Service Director warns of new Russian law restricting online and other media

Radio Liberty Russian Service Director warns of new Russian law restricting online and other media

BBG Watch Commentary At a recent Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) panel, no one in Washington picked up on a warning from Radio Liberty Russian Service Director Irina Lagunina that a new Russian law, which will go into effect next month, may make expansion of online news reporting by Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) to Russia impossi...

CUSIB’s Ann Noonan on need for management reforms at VOA and IBB

CUSIB’s Ann Noonan on need for management reforms at VOA and IBB

BBG Watch Commentary At the April 11 meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors in Washington, DC, Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) Executive Director Ann Noonan spoke about urgent need for management reforms at Voice of America (VOA) and International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB). On the same day Ann Noonan ...

BBG Chairman Jeff Shell on threats to journalists

BBG Chairman Jeff Shell on threats to journalists

BBG Watch Commentary At the April 11 meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors in Washington, DC, BBG Chairman Jeff Shell spoke about threats to journalists working for BBG media outlets abroad and about other threats to media freedom. Jeff Shell’s comments underscored the dangers to which these journalists are often exposed and the impo...

Voice of America English website fails to report news from State Department about VOA and censorship in Russia

Voice of America English website fails to report news from State Department about VOA and censorship in Russia

BBG Watch Commentary In yet another one of its many news reporting failures, U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) failed to report so far today (as of 8:36 PM EDT, Friday, April 11, 2014) in English and most other VOA languages on State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki’s comments earlier today on the Russian Government’s recent decisi...

WP: Moscow turns off Voice of America radio — once already silenced by U.S.

WP: Moscow turns off Voice of America radio — once already silenced by U.S.

BBG Watch Commentary Washington Post correspondent in Moscow Kathy Lally reports on the Russian government’s decision to stop Voice of America (VOA) rebroadcasts on a medium wave (AM) 810kHz leased frequency in Moscow. Moscow turns off Voice of America radio By Kathy Lally, Washington Post, April 10, 2014. What the Washington Post corresponde...

After 28 Years, Spandau Ballet Returns to US — But Can Rudderless VOA Also Deliver Real News?

After 28 Years, Spandau Ballet Returns to US — But Can Rudderless VOA Also Deliver Real News?

BBG Watch Commentary This lengthy Voice of America report, “After 28 Years, Spandau Ballet Returns to US,” was posted on April 1 and we might have missed it along with many who may have not heard of this British 1980s band if we were not alerted to it ten days later by a VOA executive through social media. Taken in isolation, this VOA r...

Eurasia Review: Why An American International Media Presence Is More Important Than Ever – OpEd by Michael D. Webber

Eurasia Review: Why An American International Media Presence Is More Important Than Ever – OpEd by Michael D. Webber

BBG Watch Commentary “…services like VOA and RFERL are more important than ever. These networks provide news and information to hundreds of millions of people across the world in more than sixty languages who might otherwise not have access to free forms of expression and media,” Michael D. Webber wrote in an op-ed in Eurasia Revi...

Reaffirmation of freedom of speech and new leadership needed for RFE/RL — Mario Corti’s letter about Andrei Babitsky

Reaffirmation of freedom of speech and new leadership needed for RFE/RL — Mario Corti’s letter about Andrei Babitsky

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has received a letter to the editor written by former Radio Liberty Russian Service director Mario Corti. The author comments on the recent removal of a well-known RFE/RL journalist, Andrei Babitsky, from the position of the chief editor of RFE/RL’s “Caucasus Echo” website for apparently expressing a...

Voice of America removes and later corrects controversial map recognizing annexation of Crimea by Russia

Voice of America removes and later corrects controversial map recognizing annexation of Crimea by Russia

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America Map, Posted April 7, 2014 A map posted on U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) news website no longer showed Crimea as part of Ukraine. After BBG Watch posted an article pointing out that the map contradicted U.S. policy and protests were sent to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), VOA removed the...

Crimea no longer part of Ukraine on Voice of America map

Crimea no longer part of Ukraine on Voice of America map

BBG Watch Commentary A map posted on U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) news website no longer shows Crimea as part of Ukraine. UPDATE: After the publication of the BBG Watch article, the map was removed from the Voice of America website. It stayed on the VOA site all day Monday, April 7 and most of the night of April 8, 2014. LATEST UPDAT...

VOA does a poor job of explaining Hungary vote,  more comprehensive reporting and analysis from Al Jazeera, BBC, DW, RT

VOA does a poor job of explaining Hungary vote, more comprehensive reporting and analysis from Al Jazeera, BBC, DW, RT

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America’s (VOA) brief news item (134 words) on the results of parliamentary elections in Hungary was short on facts and offered almost no analysis. International audiences would have little reason to rely on Voice of America’s reporting because it was both brief and short on substance. Other major foreign m...

Albanian Americans, others concerned about decision to end U.S.-funded media outreach to the Balkans

Albanian Americans, others concerned about decision to end U.S.-funded media outreach to the Balkans

BBG Watch Commentary A decision by the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to end Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) broadcasts and other U.S.-funded media outreach to the Balkans is drawing strong criticism from Albanian Americans and other groups that support U.S. international broadcasting. In a letter t...

‘Russia Clamps Down Further on U.S. International Media,’ BBG reports

‘Russia Clamps Down Further on U.S. International Media,’ BBG reports

BBG Watch Commentary A few days ago, BBG Watch learned that the Russian authorities had ended several hours of Voice of America (VOA) English and a brief 30 min. Monday through Friday rebroadcasts on a leased medium wave (AM – 810 kHz) transmitter in Moscow — an arrangement that existed for many years.  In response to inquiries, in...

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