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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...

Two Broadcasting Board of Governors members will visit Russia, check on Radio Liberty

Two Broadcasting Board of Governors members will visit Russia, check on Radio Liberty

BBG Watch Commentary Two board members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Susan McCue and Michael Meehan, will travel to Russia at the end of the week to assess progress in restoring Radio Liberty’s reputation and effectiveness in the country after the turmoil of the last few months brought about by the firing last September of doz...

Masha Gessen resigns from Radio Liberty in Russia

Masha Gessen resigns from Radio Liberty in Russia

BBG Watch Commentary Controversial director of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Russian Service Masha Gessen has resigned after only seven months on the job. She had been hired in September 2012 by former RFE/RL president Steven Korn who himself was replaced in January 2013 by new acting president Kevin Klose. Her departure may open the w...

Polish TV to air film about Radio Free Europe and its contribution to freedom

Polish TV to air film about Radio Free Europe and its contribution to freedom

Commentary by Ted Lipien Polish Television will air next weekend a five-part documentary film about the Polish Service of Radio Free Europe as a tribute to its message of freedom. Radio Free Europe no longer broadcasts to now free Poland, but the American taxpayer-funded institution is highly valued in the country for helping to sustain the struggl...

Hushing America’s message in terrorism’s redoubt, Washington Times op-ed

Hushing America’s message in terrorism’s redoubt, Washington Times op-ed

In an op-ed in The Washington Times, former Voice of America manager Ted Lipien warns that bureaucratic infighting mustn’t curtail U.S. news and information outreach to Chechnya and other nations where anti-Americanism and jihadist ideology threaten America’s safety. Lipien, who now is a director of the independent Committee for U.S. Internat...

Radio Liberty in Exile fills gap in human rights coverage in Russia

Radio Liberty in Exile fills gap in human rights coverage in Russia

BBG Watch Commentary Fired Radio Liberty journalists are providing multimedia human rights news coverage in Russia that the official Russian Radio Liberty, led by Masha Gessen, is unable or unwilling to deliver. Gessen appears to have been busy lately traveling abroad, receiving awards, promoting her writing, and posting her personal views on her F...

Recording from U.S. broadcasting meeting has unexplained gaps

Recording from U.S. broadcasting meeting has unexplained gaps

BBG Watch Commentary Remember President Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, and the 18½ minute gap in President Nixon White House tapes? Some of us do. International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) Director Richard Lobo had been tasked with ensuring the full recording of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) telephonic board meeting on April 24...

U.S. officials promoting media freedom abroad censor information for American public

U.S. officials promoting media freedom abroad censor information for American public

BBG Watch Commentary The U.S. government’s International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB)–the administrative arm of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) media agency for informing and influencing foreign audiences–censors selection of articles for its “Media Highlights” distributed mostly to Americans who pay the salarie...

Rep. Rohrabacher asks for more U.S. broadcasts to Iran and Pakistan

Rep. Rohrabacher asks for more U.S. broadcasts to Iran and Pakistan

BBG Watch Commentary Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, has introduced a resolution urging that the Broadcasting Board of Governor (BBG) to start broadcasting by the Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Azeri to Iran and Baloch to both Iran and Pakistan. He is...

BBG Governor Victor Ashe said Office of Cuba Broadcasting should ban smoking on its premises due to health and safety issues

BBG Governor Victor Ashe said Office of Cuba Broadcasting should ban smoking on its premises due to health and safety issues

“The recent fire started in the outside smoking area adjacent to the main building. The smoking area has now been moved to the ares in the front next to the guard house. It should be removed all together,” Ashe said.  “It is a serious health issue and also now a safety issue.  We should offer non smoking programs to thos...

Michael Lynton misses another Broadcasting Board of Governors meeting, makes agency ungovernable

Michael Lynton misses another Broadcasting Board of Governors meeting, makes agency ungovernable

BBG Watch Commentary Sources at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) report that BBG’s Interim Presiding Governor Michael Lynton has missed yet another board meeting, making the agency essentially ungovernable. This is contrary to what the law requires for managing the agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting. BBG Watch has al...

Waiting for Godot – BBG members hope AWOL Michael Lynton will participate in board meeting

Waiting for Godot – BBG members hope AWOL Michael Lynton will participate in board meeting

BBG Watch Commentary The mystery continues whether the U.S. international broadcasting agency’s Interim Presiding Governor Michael Lynton will participate in Wednesday’s Broadcasting Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) meeting. He has not shown up for any meetings during the last four months, thus bringing important board’s busi...

Russia Talking to Itself – journalists discuss media landscape and Radio Liberty

Russia Talking to Itself – journalists discuss media landscape and Radio Liberty

Kremlin control of the Russian media may not be absolute, though it comes pretty close, and the few independent media have to watch their backs constantly. Aleksey Levinson, Mikhail Sokolov and Zygmunt Dzieciolowski discuss the specifics of the situation in the context of the ever more authoritarian Putin regime. The discussion was originally publi...

Sonenshine to leave public diplomacy post at State, sources told BBG Watch

Sonenshine to leave public diplomacy post at State, sources told BBG Watch

BBG Watch Exclusive News Report and Commentary BBG Watch has learned that the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs will soon be leaving her post at the State Department and her representational role at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting. According to...

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