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Hillary Clinton's unfinished business and new direction at BBG

Hillary Clinton's unfinished business and new direction at BBG

BBG Watch Commentary Writing about the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Robert Schadler, a senior fellow for Public Diplomacy at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC, noted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s criticism of the BBG despite having been a board member in charge of U.S. International broadcasting thr...

Only good duplication between VOA and surrogate broadcasters, Secretary Sonenshine told

Only good duplication between VOA and surrogate broadcasters, Secretary Sonenshine told

BBG Watch Commentary During the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) meeting last Friday, February 22, 2013, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine, who represents Secretary of State John Kerry at BBG meetings, had asked two astute questions: 1. Whether placement of Alhurra programs on an Egyptian TV chann...

Video of RFE/RL acting president Kevin Klose speaking at BBG meeting

Video of RFE/RL acting president Kevin Klose speaking at BBG meeting

BBG Watch Commentary Newly-appointed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty acting president Kevin Klose spoke last Friday, February 22, 2013, at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) open meeting in Washington, DC. He was introduced by Presiding Governor and RFE/RL Board Chair Dennis Mulhaupt who welcomed Klose and thanked BBG Governor and RFE/RL Boa...

BBG's Victor Ashe Welcomes Kevin Klose, Notes 60 Years of Radio Liberty

BBG's Victor Ashe Welcomes Kevin Klose, Notes 60 Years of Radio Liberty

At the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) meeting in Washington, DC on February 22, 2013, BBG Governor, Ambassador Victor Ashe, welcomed newly-appointed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Kevin Klose and noted the 60th anniversary of Radio Liberty. BBG GOVERNOR, AMBASSADOR VICTOR ASHE: “Mr. Chairman, let me just echo what you’v...

Video of CUSIB's Ann Noonan at BBG meeting defending fired Radio Liberty journalists

Video of CUSIB's Ann Noonan at BBG meeting defending fired Radio Liberty journalists

The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) has released a video of CUSIB Executive Director Ann Noonan who spoke last Friday at the open meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in Washington, DC. Noonan made a short statement as a member of the public, in which she praised the BBG for addressing the Rad...

US stands to lose ability to connect with citizens in closed societies if bureaucrats have their way

US stands to lose ability to connect with citizens in closed societies if bureaucrats have their way

BBG Watch Commentary The Washington bureaucrats in charge of U.S. international broadcasting (USIB) have not increased their audience in the Middle East or globally since 2008 despite getting larger budgets each year to accomplish their mission of informing the world about America and countering censorship in closed societies — a critical US ...

RL 60: RFE/RL has not announced plans for Radio Liberty's 60th anniversary

RL 60: RFE/RL has not announced plans for Radio Liberty's 60th anniversary

BBG Watch Commentary In contrast with the 60th anniversary of Radio Free Europe, for which Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) held several big events in 2010 during the RFE/RL presidency of Jeffrey Gedmin, the U.S. taxpayer-funded surrogate media freedom broadcaster has not yet announced any plans to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Radio ...

60 RL: The Radio Station Known as Radio Liberty

60 RL: The Radio Station Known as Radio Liberty

  BBG Watch is posting under its “60 RL” series historical and current news to commemorate the 60 anniversary of Radio Liberty, which falls on March 1. While the current crisis at Radio Liberty has not yet been resolved, the Broadcasting Board of Governors has appointed distinguished journalist Kevin Klose to lead Radio Free Europe...

60 RL:  Former RFE/RL News Director Terry Willey comments on dismissal of Radio Liberty journalists

60 RL: Former RFE/RL News Director Terry Willey comments on dismissal of Radio Liberty journalists

BBG Watch is posting under its “60 RL” series historical and current news to commemorate the 60 anniversary of Radio Liberty, which falls on March 1. While the current crisis at Radio Liberty has not yet been resolved, the Broadcasting Board of Governors has appointed distinguished journalist Kevin Klose to lead Radio Free Europe/Radio ...

60 RL: Radio Liberty in Exile posts first Radio Liberty interview with Gorbachev to mark station's 60th anniversary

60 RL: Radio Liberty in Exile posts first Radio Liberty interview with Gorbachev to mark station's 60th anniversary

BBG Watch Commentary Even though they are not the official Radio Liberty, Radio Liberty in Exile was the first to post on the web materials marking the station’s 60th anniversary. Many in Russia see fired journalists who last September formed Radio Liberty in Exile as the real Radio Liberty upholding the traditions of the station and refer de...

Outstanding RFE/RL video journalism showcased at BBG meeting

Outstanding RFE/RL video journalism showcased at BBG meeting

During today’s open meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty  (RFE/RL) acting president  Kevin Klose showcased a video journalism report from Afghanistan that impressed BBG members, sources told BBG Watch. Kevin Klose, who recently assumed his position as acting president, promised to ret...

CUSIB Executive Director Ann Noonan calls on BBG to reinstate fired Radio Liberty journalists

CUSIB Executive Director Ann Noonan calls on BBG to reinstate fired Radio Liberty journalists

At the end of today’s Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) open meeting in Washington, D.C., Ann Noonan, Executive Director of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org), made a short statement as a member of the public, in which she praised the BBG for addressing the Radio Liberty crisis in Russia, welcomed Radio ...

Radio Free Europe through the Eyes of the Czechoslovak State Security Service

Radio Free Europe through the Eyes of the Czechoslovak State Security Service

For anyone interested in the activities of the Czechoslovak State Security Service (StB) directed against Radio Free Europe should look at this document with historical photographs that has just been made available to view or download. An article about the photographs was published by Richard H. Cummings, author of “Cold War Radio: The Danger...

Broadcasting Board Of Governors To Meet Today

Broadcasting Board Of Governors To Meet Today

According to an announcement on the BBG official website, an open meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors will be held today, Friday, February 22, 2013 at the BBG headquarters Washington, D.C. The briefing is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. (EST) The agenda includes updates from the Governance and the Strategy & Budget Committees, prog...

Profile of a Radio Liberty in Exile journalist Anastasia Kirilenko

Profile of a Radio Liberty in Exile journalist Anastasia Kirilenko

This profile of Anastasia Kirilenko, who resigned in protest from Radio Liberty in October 2012, is reposted from the International Journalism Festival, Perugia, Italy. Anastasia Kirilenko is a young independent investigative reporter based in Moscow. Her most successful project looked into the alleged illicit activities of Vladimir Putin at St. Pe...

60 RL: Radio Liberty in Exile to mark Radio Liberty's 60th anniversary at a major event in Moscow

60 RL: Radio Liberty in Exile to mark Radio Liberty's 60th anniversary at a major event in Moscow

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that Radio Liberty in Exile, a group of fired Radio Liberty journalists and their supporters, is planning a major event in Moscow to mark the 60th anniversary of Radio Liberty on March 1 in anticipation that they may be soon permitted to rejoin the station and resume their canceled human rights programs. R...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Tuning Out and Gone

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Tuning Out and Gone

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost - Tuning Out and Gone by The Federalist The behavior of senior officials of the Broadcasting Board of Governors and the International Broadcasting Bureau (BBG/IBB) continues on a distaff trajectory early into 2013. First, as reported by BBG Watch, Voice of America (VOA) director David Ensor put...

CUSIB's Executive Director Ann Noonan to speak at BBG meeting

CUSIB's Executive Director Ann Noonan to speak at BBG meeting

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that Ann Noonan, Executive Director of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org), will make a short statement at Friday’s Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) open meeting in Washington, D.C. At the BBG meeting in December 2012, Noonan called for the reinstatement o...

Radio Liberty in Exile issues statement on meeting with RFE/RL acting president Kevin Klose

Radio Liberty in Exile issues statement on meeting with RFE/RL acting president Kevin Klose

BBG Watch Commentary After much internal debate, journalists of Radio Liberty in Exile issued a statement on their meeting in Moscow last Tuesday with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) acting president Kevin Klose. Journalists who had been fired last September by Klose’s predecessor and their colleagues who had resigned in protest were...

Kevin Klose meets with Russian human rights leaders and fired Radio Liberty journalists

BBG Watch Commentary During a highly emotional meeting in Moscow on Tuesday that lasted nearly five hours, newly-appointed acting Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) president Kevin Klose met with representatives of journalists fired from Radio Liberty by his predecessor Steven Korn. Some journalists who had resigned in protest over the action...

Alhurra made audience gains, Brian Conniff tells media

Alhurra made audience gains, Brian Conniff tells media

BBG Watch Commentary Quoting Brian T. Conniff, President of Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN), Adam Clayton Powell III reported in the Center on Public Diplomacy Blog that Alhurra television audience has recently increased. The CPD author did not provide any new audience research data in his article. “Alhurra television celebrates its n...

RFE/RL president to meet Radio Liberty staffers, Russian media report

RFE/RL president to meet Radio Liberty staffers, Russian media report

BBG Watch Commentary Russian media reported that acting Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) president Kevin Klose will meet in Moscow Tuesday with a delegation of fired Radio Liberty journalists. Reports also say that Klose will meet in Moscow Tuesday with leaders of Russia’s human rights and political opposition movement who have called...

Russian opposition leaders say Radio Liberty is no longer a reliable source of information

Russian opposition leaders say Radio Liberty is no longer a reliable source of information

“In the last few years Putin’s authoritarian regime intensified its offensive on Russian media.” “In this precise moment the civil society has been deprived of an important and reliable source of information, which Radio Liberty has been for decades, as well as of its analyses and responsible commentaries. Broadcasting on AM has b...

The State of America’s Voice: Good, According to VOA Director, But Audience Drops

The State of America’s Voice: Good, According to VOA Director, But Audience Drops

BBG Watch Commentary   The Voice of America (VOA) director David Ensor posted an upbeat message about VOA on his blog, but recent audience surveys show that  during his tenure VOA has lost some of its global audience. The global audience for all Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) entities has also declined. The 2012 weekly audience for...

MAXIMUS HUBRIS / REASONABLE DOUBT, PART IV by AFGE Local 1812

MAXIMUS HUBRIS / REASONABLE DOUBT, PART IV by AFGE Local 1812

The employee union at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1812, continues a series of articles dealing with the senior executive staff’s plan to gut the Voice of America (VOA). In the newest article on its website, AFGE Local 1812 writes that “the plan involves cutting the heart out of...

NYT: U.S. should invest more in Radio Free Asia

NYT: U.S. should invest more in Radio Free Asia

An editorial in The New York Times, “North Korea’s Defiance,” advises that “the United States should invest more in Radio Free Asia so that more outside information could reach North Korea’s people.” The article further states that “still, it should keep seeking dialogue. No good comes from ignoring North Korea.”...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: (Yet Another) Silver Bullet Placebo

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: (Yet Another) Silver Bullet Placebo

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost: (Yet Another) Silver Bullet Placebo by The Federalist   As reported by BBG Watch, it is anticipated that the Obama administration’s FY2014 budget will include language for the creation of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Broadcasting Board of Governors/International Broad...

Former RFE/RL president Tom Dine blasts supporters of merging and de-branding of surrogate broadcasters

Former RFE/RL president Tom Dine blasts supporters of merging and de-branding of surrogate broadcasters

During a roundtable discussion on the future of U.S. global media, held Tuesday at the Wilson Center in Washington, former Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) president Tom Dine offered a scathing criticism of proposals to place surrogate broadcasters like RFE/RL under the control of a central bureaucracy in Washington and to fully or partiall...

Young Russian opposition leaders discuss statement in support of fired Radio Liberty journalists

Young Russian opposition leaders discuss statement in support of fired Radio Liberty journalists

BBG Watch has learned that a group of younger Russian opposition leaders is working on a statement in support of Radio Liberty Russian Service journalists who were fired on orders of former Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty president Steven Korn. A statement of solidarity with the fired Radio Liberty team and a call for their return to the station is...

Mary Pleffner to be named new CFO at Broadcasting Board of Governors

Mary Pleffner to be named new CFO at Broadcasting Board of Governors

BBG Watch has learned that Mary Pleffner will be named the new CFO at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). She replaces Maryjean Buhler who left the BBG for a position at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mary Pleffner comes to the BBG from the Department of Commerce where she was Director of Administrative Services. Print PDFby

RFE/RL president Kevin Klose to meet in Moscow with human rights leaders and fired Radio Liberty staffers

RFE/RL president Kevin Klose to meet in Moscow with human rights leaders and fired Radio Liberty staffers

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that newly-appointed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty acting president Kevin Klose is planning to meet in Moscow on February 19 with prominent Russian human rights leaders and representatives of Radio Liberty journalists who were fired by his predecessor Steven Korn. According to our sources, the meeting wi...

Unique Role of U.S.-Funded Surrogate Broadcasters

Unique Role of U.S.-Funded Surrogate Broadcasters

BBG Watch Commentary Unique Role of U.S.-Funded Surrogate Broadcasters by Ted Lipien U.S. Government-funded surrogate broadcasting, which started with the formation of Radio Free Europe in the early 1950s, was one of the most successful American inventions of the Cold War. Its effectiveness was undeniable in helping to weaken communist regimes over...

BBG meeting shortened, Klose to report on RFE/RL in closed session

BBG meeting shortened, Klose to report on RFE/RL in closed session

BBG Watch has learned that due to expected absences of some Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) members, the February BBG meeting, originally scheduled for two days, February 21-22, will now be only a one-day meeting on February 22. The time for the portion of the meeting open to the public has not been yet announced. BBG Watch has also learned t...

BBG Presiding Governor may be absent at next board meeting

BBG Presiding Governor may be absent at next board meeting

BBG Watch Commentary Sources told BBG Watch that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Interim Presiding Governor Michael Lynton has informed the executive staff at the federal agency’s International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) that he may not be able to attend the next BBG board meeting at the headquarters in Washington, DC. The meeting is...

Single CEO for U.S. International Broadcasting expected in Obama's FY2014 budget proposal

Single CEO for U.S. International Broadcasting expected in Obama's FY2014 budget proposal

BBG Watch Commentary Sources told BBG Watch that President Obama’s FY2014 budget proposal is likely to call for a single government information czar, a CEO appointed by the federal agency Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to oversee all U.S. international broadcasting (USIB) operations, including the so-called surrogate broadcasters: Radi...

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