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Michael Lynton: absentee BBG Governor with business interests in Russia resigns

Michael Lynton: absentee BBG Governor with business interests in Russia resigns

BBG Watch Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Interim Presiding Governor Michael Lynton who has missed every BBG board meeting since January 2013 has resigned. His prolonged absence prevented the BBG board from having a quorum and made the agency in charge of U.S. overseas broadcasts virtually ungovernable. With Lynton’s depa...

VOA manager claims there is no retaliation against employees, only perceptions of retaliation

VOA manager claims there is no retaliation against employees, only perceptions of retaliation

The union representing the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employees commented on a recent statement by a top Voice of America (VOA) manager who asserted that there is no retaliation against employees at Voice of America, only perceptions of retaliation. VOA employees know better. Perceptions of Reality by American Federation of Government Em...

Broadcasting Board of Governors Information War Lost – Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable – The Gloom: Deep and Morose

Broadcasting Board of Governors Information War Lost – Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable – The Gloom: Deep and Morose

Broadcasting Board of Governors Information War Lost – Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable – The Gloom: Deep and Morose by The Federalist       Members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) conducted another of the agency’s periodic “town hall meetings” on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.   Change   The gover...

CUSIB asks McConnell to keep Ashe as BBG member

CUSIB asks McConnell to keep Ashe as BBG member

In a letter to Senator Mitch McConnell, the independent and nonpartisan Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) asked the Senate Minority Leader to retain Governor Victor Ashe’s membership on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). There has been speculation that some International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) ...

BBG Honors RFE/RL’s North Caucasus Service

BBG Honors RFE/RL’s North Caucasus Service

BBG Watch Commentary A year ago, the former Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) management and the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) executives wanted to eliminate broadcasting to the North Caucasus region, the ancestral home of the Boston bombings suspects. They almost suceeded in carrying out their plan that was clearly against U.S. ...

Management's panic at survey time

Management's panic at survey time

AFGE Local 1812 employee union reports that International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and other managers responsible for creating a workplace with the lowest employee morale in the federal government are showing signs of panic before the next Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Someone, Anyone, Please Fill It Out b...

Broadcasting Board of Governors' employee union appeals to Senator McConnell to retain Ashe on BBG board

Broadcasting Board of Governors' employee union appeals to Senator McConnell to retain Ashe on BBG board

The union representing Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employees has written a letter to Senator Mitch McConnell, the Minority Leader in the U.S. Senate, requesting that BBG Governor Ambassador Victor Ashe retain his seat on the BBG board in charge of U.S. international broadcasting. In an earlier article posted on its website, the American F...

BBG Watch reaches 1.5 million hits

BBG Watch reaches 1.5 million hits

BBG Watch website has passed the 1.5 million hits mark since it was launched in September 2010. We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers, contributors and supporters. Thanks to your efforts, Radio Liberty journalists in Russia are returning to work for U.S. international broadcasting and for media freedom in their country. Many ...

RFE/RL acting president Kevin Klose discusses reforms at Radio Liberty in Russia

RFE/RL acting president Kevin Klose discusses reforms at Radio Liberty in Russia

BBG Watch Commentary At the broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) open meeting in Washington, DC on May 15, 2013, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) acting president Kevin Klose discussed some of the reforms of Radio Liberty operations in Russia, including the recent resignation of Masha Gessen from the post of the Russian Service director ...

BBG's Michael Meehan: human rights leaders in Russia are under unbelievable threats

BBG's Michael Meehan: human rights leaders in Russia are under unbelievable threats

BBG Watch Commentary Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member Michael Meehan said that human rights leaders in Russia are under unbelievable threats from President Putin and his government. He promised that U.S. international broadcasters, including Radio Liberty and the Voice of America, will respond to the challenge with tough journalism. ...

BBG member may have a conflict in vigorously defending media freedom

BBG member may have a conflict in vigorously defending media freedom

BBG Watch Commentary At the May 15, 2013 open meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Ann Noonan, Executive Director of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) expressed CUSIB’s concern that some BBG members and nominees may have conflict of interest issues as private companies for which they ...

BBG employee union blasts IBB executives, praises Victor Ashe

BBG employee union blasts IBB executives, praises Victor Ashe

Has there really been any significant change at the Agency that would result in improved morale? And why would the White House wish to remove the member of the Board who is the most vocal supporter of improving morale? These questions are addressed in an article posted by the union representing Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employees, Ameri...

BBG Board Meeting, May 15, 2013 at 4PM EDT

BBG Board Meeting, May 15, 2013 at 4PM EDT

BBG Watch Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) will hold its continuing board meeting today in Washington, DC and 4PM EDT. It is not known whether BBG’s interim presiding governor Michael Lynton will participate. He has missed every BBG board meeting since January 2013. The remaining BBG governors have been recessing their mee...

What may be behind White House attempt to remove Victor Ashe from BBG board?

What may be behind White House attempt to remove Victor Ashe from BBG board?

BBG Watch Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) only Republican board member, former U.S. Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe, may be paying a political price for exposing mismanagement at the federal agency and trying to save U.S. news broadcasts to Russia and China from cuts and fluff journalism. The White House wants to remove...

Radio Liberty Journalists in Moscow to See Justice Done, Heritage Foundation Expert Reports

Radio Liberty Journalists in Moscow to See Justice Done, Heritage Foundation Expert Reports

BBG Watch Commentary Helle C. Dale, the Heritage Foundations Senior Fellow in Public Diplomacy studies, reported on the think tank’s blog, The Foundry, that the fired journalists of Radio Liberty’s (RL) Moscow office are finally seeing a deep injustice reversed. Helle Dale quoted from the statement by Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) mem...

Can the BBG's IBB bureaucrats get any lower?

Can the BBG's IBB bureaucrats get any lower?

Can the BBG’s IBB bureaucrats get any lower? by Jane Doe So, I haven’t written for a while because things at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) seemed to be improving. Three engaged governors (Ashe, McCue and Meehan) plus the Secretary of State’s designee (Sonenshine) were actually working together to improve U.S. internati...

Crocker and Ashe: both needed at Broadcasting Board of Governors

Crocker and Ashe: both needed at Broadcasting Board of Governors

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable – Chess Moves by The Federalist Ambassadors Crocker and Ashe are both needed at the Broadcasting Board of Governors to reform the agency’s defiant bureaucracy and to strengthen America’s voice abroad.   On Friday, May ...

BBG board nominee Ryan Crocker called  the premier U.S. diplomat of his generation

BBG board nominee Ryan Crocker called the premier U.S. diplomat of his generation

BBG Commentary No diplomat matches Ambassador Ryan Crocker in direct experience in today’s Middle East, Leslie H. Gelb wrote in a September 2012 article for The Daily Beast. On May 10, 2013, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Ambassador Crocker to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). He would be a Republican member o...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable -The FY2014 Budget – Part Three: David Ensor Does Q and A With The VOA Newsroom Staff

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable -The FY2014 Budget – Part Three: David Ensor Does Q and A With The VOA Newsroom Staff

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost - Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable -The FY2014 Budget Part Three: David Ensor Does Q and A With The VOA Newsroom Staff by The Federalist   (From Part One of this series) On Wednesday, April 10, 2013 the White House released its FY2014 budget request. For US Government...

Obama nominates Ryan Crocker to serve on Broadcasting Board of Governors

Obama nominates Ryan Crocker to serve on Broadcasting Board of Governors

BBG Watch Commentary Will Ambassador Crocker’s nomination to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) displace corruption watcher and champion of free speech Victor Ashe? President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal agency in charge of...

Every dollar that we give to VOA comes back to us with hundreds of dollars of goodwill

Every dollar that we give to VOA comes back to us with hundreds of dollars of goodwill

Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs committee and co-chair of the Albanian Issues Caucus, spoke at VOA Albanian Service’s 70th anniversary celebration in Washington on May 7th, 2013. Although targeting a small and a very receptive market, the Voice of America Albanian Service has been for many years ...

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost - Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable - The Latest Numbers Game

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost - Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable - The Latest Numbers Game

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost - Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable - The Latest Numbers Game by The Federalist   The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) issued a press release dated May 2013 on a lead topic which we always find interesting: the latest audience research. As usual when it comes to t...

Lyudmila Alexeeva  – rights defender's photos with Secretary Kerry and with BBG members

Lyudmila Alexeeva – rights defender's photos with Secretary Kerry and with BBG members

U.S. Secretary Of State Meets Russian Rights Activists RFE/RL U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has met with leading Russian human rights activists amid concerns about a crackdown by Russian authorities on civil society groups. The meeting took place on May 8 in the residence of the U.S. ambassador in Moscow. Among the activists was veteran rights...

Voice of America Albanian Service, one of the best international broadcasting outlets in the world, marks 70th anniversary

Voice of America Albanian Service, one of the best international broadcasting outlets in the world, marks 70th anniversary

BBG Watch Commentary The Voice of America (VOA) Albanian Service, considered one of the best international broadcasting outlets not only within the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) but worldwide, celebrated its 70th anniversary. The service has consistently maintained a large and loyal audience due to the excellence of its journalists, lack of...

BBG Governors offer support to journalists in nations without free media

BBG Governors offer support to journalists in nations without free media

BBG Watch Commentary In recent visits to Russia and Cambodia, members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) have offered support to journalists who work under difficult conditions in countries without free media. The visits show increased involvement on the part of BBG members in presenting the agency as a defender of media freedom. A BBG pr...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable – David Ensor Speaks – The Newsroom and the FY2014 Budget

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable – David Ensor Speaks – The Newsroom and the FY2014 Budget

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost - Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable David Ensor Speaks – The Newsroom and the FY2014 Budget by The Federalist   (From Part One on the FY2014 budget) On Wednesday, April 10, 2013 the White House released its FY2014 budget request. For US Government international broadcasting...

BBG Governors McCue and Meehan urge RFE/RL to work on returning fired journalists to Radio Liberty

BBG Governors McCue and Meehan urge RFE/RL to work on returning fired journalists to Radio Liberty

BBG Watch Commentary “In particular, we have asked Acting RFE/RL President Kevin Klose and his team to continue their timely outreach now under way to all the former Radio Liberty journalists, whose expertise could assist in providing important insight and valuable analysis of the inner workings of Russia today.” — Broadcasting Board of...

Human rights activists call for reform of Radio Liberty programs to Kazakhstan

Human rights activists call for reform of Radio Liberty programs to Kazakhstan

BBG Watch Commentary While the attention of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) management is focused on reforming the Russian Service of Radio Liberty, Kazakh human rights and civil society activists complain that Radio Liberty’s Kazakh Service is also in need of reform to strengthen its h...

BBG Governors McCue and Meehan met in Moscow with Alexeeva and with fired Radio Liberty staffers

BBG Governors McCue and Meehan met in Moscow with Alexeeva and with fired Radio Liberty staffers

(Photo – from left to right) Former (fired) Radio Liberty human rights reporter Kristina Gorelik, Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Board of Directors Chairwoman Susan McCue, Radio Liberty Senior Adviser Jefim Fistein, human rights defender Lyudmila Alexeeva, BBG member and RFE/RL Boar...

Union alleges misuse of OIG by International Broadcasting Bureau executives, calls for investigation

Union alleges misuse of OIG by International Broadcasting Bureau executives, calls for investigation

The union representing employees of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) alleges that officials in charge of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) may have tried to influence investigators of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to expand their power, limit the authority of the BBG Board and to smear the reputation of a BBG member who t...

Supporter of press freedom shows photographs of human rights abuse in China

Supporter of press freedom shows photographs of human rights abuse in China

Coinciding with World Press Freedom Day on May 3, a photo exhibit of human rights abuse in China organized by a media freedom supporter, Laogai Research Foundation founder Harry Wu, is currently on display in New York’s Capitol. Harry Wu serves on the Advisory Board of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusig.org...

Winds of change at Radio Liberty Moscow

Winds of change at Radio Liberty Moscow

BBG Watch Commentary Visiting Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) acting president and CEO Kevin Klose met in Moscow at a private party with many of the Radio Liberty Russian Service journalists who were fired by the previous RFE/RL management in September 2012 or resigned in protest. Many of them hope that he will allow them soon to return ...

Radio Free Asia responds to freedom of the press findings with a defense of its unique mission

Radio Free Asia responds to freedom of the press findings with a defense of its unique mission

BBG Watch Commentary A Radio Free Asia (RFA) press release shows how surrogate broadcasting, which International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) top executives believe should be merged into one single program under IBB’s global control, plays an important role in countries without free media that cannot be duplicated by any other government or comm...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Boston, Chechnya, Kazakhstan

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Boston, Chechnya, Kazakhstan

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost - Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable - Boston, Chechnya, Kazakhstan by The Federalist     “In reality, the actions of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) executives represent US national insecurity: leaving the United States with no broadcast presence...

Three BBG members to receive Champion of Free Speech Award

Three BBG members to receive Champion of Free Speech Award

BBG Watch Commentary Three members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting, will receive the 2013 Champion of Free Speech Award from the New York Chapter of the Visual Artists Guild. The award will be presented to Victor Ashe, Susan McCue and Michael Meehan at the Annual Tiananme...

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