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BBG employee union calls for change in senior management to counter declining staff morale

BBG employee union calls for change in senior management to counter declining staff morale

BBG Watch Commentary In response to precipitous declines in employee morale and employee trust in senior leaders at the federal entities of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), as shown in the latest (2014) Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) conducted government-wide each year by the Office of Personnel Management, AFGE Local 1812 union...

Voice of America Management Call to VOA Journalists: Volunteer for Ebola Vaccine And Report on Your Experience

Voice of America Management Call to VOA Journalists: Volunteer for Ebola Vaccine And Report on Your Experience

BBG Watch Guest Commentary BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from several current and former Voice of America journalists, some of whom prefer 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 wa...

Voice of America promotes N. Korean press release-like VOA news report as exclusive

Voice of America promotes N. Korean press release-like VOA news report as exclusive

BBG Watch Commentary U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) and its parent U.S. federal agency the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) are both promoting a VOA news report that reads like a North Korean press release and fails to meet VOA Charter‘s and VOA Journalistic Code’s requirements for balance. The report does not present ...

Voice of America senior leaders must leave to make VOA effective and improve morale

Voice of America senior leaders must leave to make VOA effective and improve morale

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...

Putin’s  Russian victimhood on VOA

Putin’s Russian victimhood on VOA

BBG Watch Commentary “Western media both expose, but often just report, Putin’s Russian victimhood propaganda claims, while poor management at Voice of America and insufficient funding from Congress prevent U.S. broadcaster from effectively countering Kremlin’s disinformation.” Former VOA acting associate director, CUSIB co-...

Memo to Andy Lack From A Disgusted, Yet Hopeful VOA Journalist

Memo to Andy Lack From A Disgusted, Yet Hopeful VOA Journalist

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. We must apologize to the writer and to Mr. Lack for not posting the memo/commentary immediately after we had received it shortly before October 1. Occasionally our volunteer editors ...

Questions from a Voice of America Journalist

Questions from a Voice of America Journalist

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...

BBG Watch passes 3.5 million hits mark

BBG Watch passes 3.5 million hits mark

BBG Watch Commentary We were short-staffed and busy recently with posting a number of new stories and commentaries from our volunteers to be able to report promptly that the BBG Watch website had passed the 3.5 million hits mark several days ago. We want to thank our readers, supporters and volunteers for their commitment to our watch dog website. ...

‘Congress Calls for Investigation into VOA for Pro-Iran Corruption,’ Washington Free Beacon Reports

‘Congress Calls for Investigation into VOA for Pro-Iran Corruption,’ Washington Free Beacon Reports

BBG Watch Commentary “Congress is calling for an investigation into Voice of America’s (VOA) Persian language news service as a result of what they say is the station’s systemic pro-Iran bias and cozy ties to the anti-American ruling regime, according to a letter sent recently to Secretary of State John Kerry,” Adam Kredo reported in an...

OPM employee survey shows leadership crisis at Broadcasting Board of Governors

OPM employee survey shows leadership crisis at Broadcasting Board of Governors

BBG Watch Commentary The initial Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) results from the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) show further declines in employee morale and increases in negative employee perceptions of the agency’s leadership despite senior management’s attempts to win over the workforce with Bingo Nights and Ice ...

Union comments on improper contracting by BBG – IBB – VOA – OCB officials

Union comments on improper contracting by BBG – IBB – VOA – OCB officials

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch reposts a commentary by AFGE Local 1812. It deals with employment of private contractors by officials of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The Office of Inspector General (OIG) determined that executives, who were and some of whom are still in charge of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB), the Voice o...

Former BBG member Victor Ashe to observe Ukrainian elections

Former BBG member Victor Ashe to observe Ukrainian elections

BBG Watch Commentary The International Republican Institute announced that its delegation to observe Ukraine’s October 26, 2014 parliamentary elections, will be led by Ambassador Victor Ashe, former United States Ambassador to Poland and former Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member, and Iveta Radičová, former prime minister of Slovakia. Vict...

Lynne Weil to leave BBG for a new job in communications

Lynne Weil to leave BBG for a new job in communications

BBG Watch Commentary Broadcasting Board of Governors Director of Communications and External Affairs, Lynne Weil, will leave the BBG to become Public Affairs Director at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition news release said that “Weil will lead the growing advocacy organization’s efforts to educate the p...

The World Speaks Out – Solidarity with Hong Kong on Radio Free Asia

The World Speaks Out – Solidarity with Hong Kong on Radio Free Asia

BBG Watch Commentary THE WORLD SPEAKS OUT is a new page on Radio Free Asia (RFA) website showing the world’s solidarity with the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Thanks to RFA, Voice of America, BBC and other Western media using multiple news delivery channels, China’s “Great Firewall” of censorship and jamming of broadc...

Voice of America and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty launch TV news in Russian

Voice of America and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty launch TV news in Russian

BBG Watch Commentary Publicly-funded U.S. multimedia broadcasters serving international audiences, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and the Voice of America (VOA), have launched a new 30-minute daily Russian-language TV news program for audiences in countries bordering Russia. According to press releases on RFE/RL, VOA, and Broadcasting B...

Voice of America journalist to moderate election debates in Ukraine

Voice of America journalist to moderate election debates in Ukraine

BBG Watch Commentary Not everything at the Voice of America (VOA) is doom and gloom despite serious management problems at the U.S. taxpayer-funded media organization serving overseas audiences. While VOA English Newsroom and VOA English news website are in a crisis, some VOA foreign language services and many individual VOA journalists are doing t...

Voice of America Heralds Its News Decline with RT Logo

Voice of America Heralds Its News Decline with RT Logo

BBG Watch Commentary Nothing illustrates better the decline of the U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) as a news organization charged by law (VOA Charter) to “present the policies of the United States clearly and effectively” than VOA’s use on Saturday, October 11, 2014 of a three-day-old Reuters news story with an old Reu...

Voice of America Alters Broadcasts After Hong Kong Protests Begin, Epoch Times Reports

Voice of America Alters Broadcasts After Hong Kong Protests Begin, Epoch Times Reports

BBG Watch Commentary The Epoch Times, a newspaper published by the multi-language, international media organisation associated with the Falun Gong, has an article in its English-language edition on the controversial handling of Voice of America (VOA) broadcasts to China in the midst of Hong Kong protests. Critics have pointed out that instead of im...

Government Executive reports on overuse and abuse of contractors at Voice of America

Government Executive reports on overuse and abuse of contractors at Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary Senior bureaucrats at the Voice of America (VOA) and the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) have been able to hold on to their six-figure, full time government jobs, expand IBB bureaucratic and program support positions by close to 40 percent in the last seven years, and avoid a...

Lack Meets With Reform-Minded CUSIB, Radio World reports

Lack Meets With Reform-Minded CUSIB, Radio World reports

BBG Watch Commentary Interacting with an advocacy group that has been critical of certain Broadcasting Board of Governors policies, Andrew Lack met this week with members of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting in New York, according to a report on the website BBG Watch, which itself has ties to CUSIB. Lack has been offered t...

BBG CEO-Designate Andy Lack Meets CUSIB Supporters of U.S. International Media

BBG CEO-Designate Andy Lack Meets CUSIB Supporters of U.S. International Media

BBG Watch EXCLUSIVE News and Commentary Journalist and media executive Andrew Lack, who had been selected by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to be the agency’s CEO, met in New York Tuesday with members of the NGO Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org), which advocates for better management and more f...

Radio Free Asia offers exclusive news on Hong Kong protests on digital platforms and TV

Radio Free Asia offers exclusive news on Hong Kong protests on digital platforms and TV

BBG Watch Commentary Two key U.S. senators called Sunday for a “de-escalation” of the one week standoff between the authorities in Hong Kong and pro-democracy protesters, saying “good faith” negotiations were key to breaking the stalemate over election reforms for the former British colony, Radio Free Asia reported in an exc...

Hong Kong in Crisis, Voice of America Reduces TV to China

Hong Kong in Crisis, Voice of America Reduces TV to China

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...

Voice of America Reduces TV to China On the Sly As Hong Kong Protests Intensify

Voice of America Reduces TV to China On the Sly As Hong Kong Protests Intensify

BBG Watch Commentary In yet another example of management meltdown, lack of communication and confusion at the U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA), senior executives of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) federal agency and VOA senior managers stealthily cut 14 repeat hours of satellite TV news programming weekly to China in the middl...

Voice of America executives still not reading VOA website

Voice of America executives still not reading VOA website

BBG Watch Commentary by Another Backbencher       As of Friday, Oct 3 at 1:54am, the Voice of America Web entertainment page still has two lead-ins to Clooney wedding stories, including one that is STILL reporting that that Clooney is “set to renounce” his bachelorhood oath, and marry…etc. It’s a Reuters story...

A “Digital First” Plan for VOA Managers: Read Your Own Web Site

A “Digital First” Plan for VOA Managers: Read Your Own Web Site

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 ...

Russia’s RT, BBC report on Secret Service director resignation well before Voice of America

Russia’s RT, BBC report on Secret Service director resignation well before Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary     The news of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigning was posted today (Wednesday) by Russia’s RT website, which is edited in Moscow, long before it appeared on the U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) news website, which is edited in Washington, DC. BBC likewise had the Secret Service director ...

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...

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