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BBG member S. Enders Wimbush described as chief architect of program cuts to Tibet, China and other communist countries

BBG Watch News Commentary Sources told BBG Watch that it was not former Democratic Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Chairman Walter Isaacson but Republican member S. Enders Wimbush who can be described as the chief architect of the parts of the FY2013 BBG budget proposal which call for ending Voice of America radio broadcasts to Tibet and VOA radio and TV Cantonese broadcasts to China. Isaacson, however, supported Wimbush and his program cutting proposals.

Audio of VOA Director Ensor’s meeting with Newsroom staff on program cuts and RIFs

Link to audio of Voice of America Director David Ensor’s meeting on January 13, 2012 with VOA Newsroom staff on the subject of the FY 2013 Broadcasting Board of Governors budget and BBG-proposed cuts in VOA programs and positions. Content will be available for download until February 27, 2012 20:46 PST

‘Has Broadcasting Board of Governors Gone Mad?’ BBG wants to cut Voice of America programs to Tibet and other…

This commentary by an anonymous Broadcasting Board of Governors’ journalist analyzes the BBG’s FY2013 budget proposal which calls for silencing Voice of America (VOA) radio broadcasts to Tibet as part of cutting America’s broadcasts to three out of five remaining communist regimes. Silencing Voice of America Radio to Tibet: Has the Broadcasting Board of Governors Gone Mad? The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) budget submission requests cutting seven employees out of 22 in the Voice of America (VOA) Tibetan Service, ending all six hours of daily VOA Tibetan radio broadcasts.

IBB/BBG executives cut and reduce Voice of America English and foreign language programs and positions

Voice of America (VOA) radio to Tibet and radio and TV in Cantonese to China to be completely eliminated under the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) proposal. As predicted by BBG Watch, in their FY2013 budget proposal, International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) executives continue their plan to eliminate or greatly reduce numerous Voice of America (VOA) English and foreign language programs and associated jobs serving many critical countries, including China and Tibet. In what could be described as nothing less than an attempt to eliminate Voice of America as the primary source for news about America on radio and television and to reduce VOA brand name presence in many countries, IBB/BBG executives have proposed complete elimination of VOA radio broadcasts to Tibet, both radio and TV broadcasts in Cantonese to China, VOA radio to Georgia, VOA radio to Albania, and all VOA programs to Greece.

‘Civility in the Workplace’ Campaign vs. ‘Sanity in the Workplace’

From a VOA journalist: Re the below “Civility in the Workplace” Campaign: How amusing that VOA kicked off an “act nice” campaign just before the big RIF announcements. The future-unemployed, it seems, are expected to maintain happy faces even as they contemplate their bankrupt futures and their managers’ fat fortunes. At yesterday’s Central News meeting, David Ensor said there would be cuts in management, too.

Attrition by Fear at BBG

It is not likely that the Congress will pass President Obama’s budget with the insane Broadcasting Board of Governors’ proposal to end Voice of America radio to Tibet and to eliminate or make largely ineffective other VOA services, including English. BBG Watch sources inside BBG believe that International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) executives are pursuing another strategy: to get rid of as many Federal employees as possible using fear of RIFs and other subtle and less subtle intimidation tactics. This is what one inside source has sent us: Attrition by Fear “According to several sources inside the Agency, one question apparently is having trouble finding an answer:

BBG Budget Announcement

Subject: A Message from the Board In the past year, the men and women who work in U.S. international broadcasting have offered extraordinary coverage of the Arab Spring, conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, ferment in Iran and Russia, the struggle over Tibet and other developments in China, and issues of human rights and democracy all over the world, as well as offering life-saving information during humanitarian disasters.

Expected 4.7 percent BBG budget cut and RIFs to hit rank-and-file employees and critical programs

BBG Watch News Commentary The proposed budget cut for the entire Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in FY 2013 is expected to be 4.7 percent and that painful RIFs (Reductions-in-Force) are unavoidable and likely to be used against rank-and-file employees, BBG Watch sources report. They are afraid that critical broadcasting and other information programs to countries without free media will be cut to protect the jobs of the International Broadcasting Bureau managers.

CUSIB Congratulates Michael Lynton on Appointment as Interim Presiding Governor

The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB), an independent nongovernmental organization that urges the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to pay closer attention to human rights reporting, serving oppressed audiences and fair treatment of employees, has released a statement congratulating Michael Lynton on his appointment as Interim Presiding Governor.

Employees don’t buy ‘computer system is to blame’ explanation for late contractor payments

Judging by the content and the tone of comments to our report, “BBG orders that contractors be paid on time by Thanksgiving,” IBB/BBG employees don’t buy the management’s explanation that an outdated computer system is to blame for late payments to contract employees. Those employees who have commented see the explanation as a typical ploy by the managers responsible for the problem to deflect the blame from themselves. Employees also make fun of the BBG-imposed Thanksgiving deadline for paying contract employees and vendors on time.