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Images and videos that changed Broadcasting Board of Governors' position on RFE/RL

Images and videos that changed Broadcasting Board of Governors' position on RFE/RL

BBG Watch Commentary “On the day Kevin Klose assumes his duties as Acting President and CEO or Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), BBG Watch would like to present again images, videos and statements which helped to convince the Broadcasting Board of Governors members that a drastic change of leadership and reforms at RFE/RL were despera...

Broadcasting Board of Governors may put a stop to intimidation of journalists by senior managers

Broadcasting Board of Governors may put a stop to intimidation of journalists by senior managers

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that attempts by seniors executives and managers to intimidate journalists and other critics may no longer be tolerated at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). Until recently, the part time, bipartisan board of the federal agency in charge of promoting media freedom abroad through broadcasts and onli...

RFE/RL news services failed to cover Radio Liberty crisis and Steven Korn's controversial reign

RFE/RL news services failed to cover Radio Liberty crisis and Steven Korn's controversial reign

BBG Watch Commentary A comment left on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) website points out that this U.S. taxpayer-funded media freedom institution all but failed to cover the Radio Liberty crisis and the controversial reign of RFE/RL president Steven Korn. The commentator also pointed out that RFE/RL is “not allowing comments on ...

A staff run amok

A staff run amok

Jane Doe, one of our occasional commentators, sent us her thoughts on the latest OIG report on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and the efforts of Ambassador Victor Ashe to expose waste and mismanagement, to protect rank and file employees, and to improve their working conditions. For this he was punished by the International Broadcasting ...

Clinton – 'We have abdicated the international broadcasting arena.' Why?

Clinton – 'We have abdicated the international broadcasting arena.' Why?

SECRETARY CLINTON: “And finally, we need to do a better job conveying a counter-narrative to the extremist Jihadist narrative. You know, I’ve said this to this Committee before — a lot of new members on it — you know, we have abdicated the broadcasting arena. You know, yes, we have private stations: CNN, Fox, NBC, all of tha...

An Argument Against a CEO from BBG employee union

An Argument Against a CEO from BBG employee union

The employee union at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1812, has published an article arguing against appointing an agency CEO without proper Congressional oversight. The union is not opposed to the idea that the BBG needs a strong executive but believes that he or she should be appointed by...

More than 400 Russian and international media reports on Radio Liberty crisis

More than 400 Russian and international media reports on Radio Liberty crisis

After the outgoing president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Steven Korn fired last September dozens of some of the best and most respected independent journalists in Russia and replaced them with Masha Gessen and her team of largely unknown feature magazine writers, he assured the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) that the controve...

Steven Korn condemns media critics of his soon-to-end tenure as RFE/RL president

Steven Korn condemns media critics of his soon-to-end tenure as RFE/RL president

BBG Watch Commentary The outgoing Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) president and CEO Steven Korn, whose resignation becomes effective January 25, blasted his media critics in an interview with the English-language Czech newspaper The Prague Post. See: “Battle of words: RFE/RL chief’s controversial resignation reverberates in Rus...

Clinton – Broadcasting Board of Governors is practically defunct

Clinton – Broadcasting Board of Governors is practically defunct

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today that the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the federal agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting, is practically defunct in terms of its capacity to tell a message around the world. HILLARY CLINTON: “Our Broadcasting Board of Governors is practically defunct in terms of its capacity to te...

Former BBG member Wimbush joins attack on Ashe, was rejected for RFE/RL interim president position

Former BBG member Wimbush joins attack on Ashe, was rejected for RFE/RL interim president position

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that a former Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Republican member S. Enders Wimbush, who criticized a current BBG Republican member, Ambassador Victor Ashe, was recently rejected by the BBG as one of the candidates for the position of interim Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) president at the in...

Obama renominates Jeff Shell to become BBG Chairman

Obama renominates Jeff Shell to become BBG Chairman

BBG Watch has learned that President Obama has re-submitted to the U.S. Senate the nomination of Jeff Shell, Chairman, NBCUniversal International, to be the Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting. Shell was first nominated last September to serve on the Broadcasting Boa...

Russian Service is not the only victim of management actions  at RFE/RL

Russian Service is not the only victim of management actions at RFE/RL

BBG Watch Commentary A commentary sent to BBG Watch by a journalist whose articles have been published on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) English-language website points out that the outgoing RFE/RL president Steven Korn and his top deputy Julia Ragona fired experienced journalists and destroyed the effectiveness of not only Radio Libe...

Fired Radio Liberty journalists appeal to BBG and Kevin Klose for reinstatement

Fired Radio Liberty journalists appeal to BBG and Kevin Klose for reinstatement

BBG Watch Commentary Fired Radio Liberty journalists appeal to BBG and Kevin Klose for reinstatement, Russian Service employees in Prague and Moscow express solidarity “We, the journalists and multimedia professionals forced out from Radio Liberty, claim that we are not the grotesque caricature painted by Mr. Korn, Ms. Gessen, and Ms. Ragona....

BBG and RFE/RL rank-and-file employees feel insulted and outraged by OIG inspection reports

BBG and RFE/RL rank-and-file employees feel insulted and outraged by OIG inspection reports

BBG Watch Commentary Rank-and-file employees of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty continue to express their outrage over inspection reports published by the Deputy Inspector General for the Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors Ambassador Harold Geisel. Employees accuse OIG inspector...

Unprofessional OIG reports on BBG and RFE/RL part of a larger pattern

Unprofessional OIG reports on BBG and RFE/RL part of a larger pattern

BBG Watch Commentary The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the State Department, which produced two incomplete and biased reports on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), has come under intense criticism from the Government Accountability Office and non-governmental organizations for unprofes...

Korn continues to defy BBG committee on financial questions

Korn continues to defy BBG committee on financial questions

BBG Watch Commentary Steven Korn continues to refuse providing financial information to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Strategy and Budget Committee as questions about unauthorized expenses, waste and mismanagement mar his last days as president and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), sources told BBG Watch. Korn leaves on J...

Who will inspect the inspectors? – Flawed OIG inspections at RFE/RL and BBG miss serious problems

Who will inspect the inspectors? – Flawed OIG inspections at RFE/RL and BBG miss serious problems

BBG Watch Commentary The January 2013 Office of Inspector General’s report “Inspection of the Broadcasting Board of Governors” has come under intense criticism as unprofessional, incomplete, and one-sided. The inspectors blindly sided with the BBG’s International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB or BBG/IBB) senior executive staff against ...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost:  “One Particular Governor”

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: “One Particular Governor”

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: “One Particular Governor” by The Federalist   One Particular Governor   This month, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) issued a report titled: “Inspection of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.”&n...

BBG employee union calls OIG report 'Hatchet Job'

BBG employee union calls OIG report 'Hatchet Job'

In one of its previous reports, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) had completely missed abundant evidence of serious mismanagement and tragic lapses of judgement that produced a major media scandal and subsequently led to the resignation of Radio Free Europe/Radio Li...

CUSIB Applauds Actions by BBG Members to Increase Transparency and Accountability, Criticizes OIG Report

CUSIB Applauds Actions by BBG Members to Increase Transparency and Accountability, Criticizes OIG Report

BBG Watch Commentary The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) has praised Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member Susan McCue for her leadership role in the selection of Kevin Klose to serve as Acting President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). In the same statement applauding actions by BB...

BBG member Victor Ashe welcomes selection of Kevin Klose, Susan McCue praised

BBG member Victor Ashe welcomes selection of Kevin Klose, Susan McCue praised

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member Ambassador Victor Ashe welcomed the selection of Kevin Klose to lead Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). BBG members are also praising the role of Governor Susan McCue in the selection process. Ashe said in a statement: “I am really optimistic that Kevin Klose can be the answer to prayer ...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Scorched Earth:  Part Four: Taking the OPR Staffers to the Woodshed

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Scorched Earth: Part Four: Taking the OPR Staffers to the Woodshed

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Scorched Earth:  Part Four: Taking the OPR Staffers to the Woodshed by The Federalist     (Note: In November 2012, the Office of Program Review (OPR) presented its assessment of the Voice of America (VOA) Central Newsroom.  This is the fourth of a series on this review. ...

CUSIB Encouraged by BBG's Selection of Kevin Klose to Lead RFE/RL

CUSIB Encouraged by BBG's Selection of Kevin Klose to Lead RFE/RL

The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting, an independent and nonpartisan media freedom NGO, has issued a press release welcoming the selection by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) of Kevin Klose as Acting President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Klose will replace Steven Korn whose resignation becomes effectiv...

Voice of America Director David Ensor on Truth and Propaganda to Iran

Voice of America Director David Ensor on Truth and Propaganda to Iran

BBG Watch Commentary We were greatly intrigued by this comment about Truth versus Propaganda from Voice of America director David Ensor, as reported by Kim Andrew Elliott, an employee of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), on his private blog: “What over the years, over the 70-odd years of VOA’s history we have learned, is that &...

Kevin Klose To Be RFE/RL’s Acting President And CEO

Kevin Klose To Be RFE/RL’s Acting President And CEO

BBG Watch Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has named Kevin Klose to be Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Acting President and CEO. Klose will replace Steven Korn whose resignation becomes effective January 25. Steven Korn claims that he resigned on his own for personal reasons, but it has been widely reported that the BBG ...

CUSIB points out conflicts of interest in some nominations to Broadcasting Board of Governors

CUSIB points out conflicts of interest in some nominations to Broadcasting Board of Governors

BBG Watch Commentary The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) warned that there are inherent conflicts of interest in nominees to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) who are also heads of international media corporations doing business in countries like Russia and China. CUSIB, an independent and non-partisa...

Gregory Feifer: Rebuilding Radio Liberty

Gregory Feifer: Rebuilding Radio Liberty

BBG Watch Commentary “Still greatly respected in many former Soviet republics, Radio Liberty is also admired in Russia. Rebuilding it as a model of journalistic freedom would much serve U.S. interests there.” Gregory Feifer “Radio Liberty’s reputation has been seriously damaged during the past year&n...

Announcement on new RFE/RL president expected soon

Announcement on new RFE/RL president expected soon

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) will soon make an announcement on the new Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty interim president to replace the outgoing executive Steven Korn. RFE/RL managers were told by RFE/RL board chairman Dennis Mulhaupt not to make any personnel changes in the meantime. The...

Radio Liberty crisis that didn't go away in two weeks – media review update, Jan. 12, 2013

Radio Liberty crisis that didn't go away in two weeks – media review update, Jan. 12, 2013

BBG Watch Commentary After the outgoing president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Steven Korn fired last September dozens of some of the best and most respected independent journalists in Russia and replaced them with Masha Gessen and her team of largely unknown feature magazine writers, he assured the Broadcasting Board of Governors (B...

John O’Sullivan: Mass Firings at Radio Liberty Help Putin; Hurt Press Freedom

John O’Sullivan: Mass Firings at Radio Liberty Help Putin; Hurt Press Freedom

BBG Watch Commentary The former editorial chief of Radio Free Europe says the mass firings of top radio journalists from its Moscow affiliate, Radio Liberty, will weaken press criticism of President Vladimir Putin. John O’Sullivan, who served as executive editor of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty from 2008 until 2011, tells Newsmax TV that U.S. cha...

One of Ukraine's most famous journalists welcomes resignation of RFE/RL president

One of Ukraine's most famous journalists welcomes resignation of RFE/RL president

BBG Watch Commentary One of Ukraine’s most famous independent journalists Vitali Portnikov welcomed the resignation of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) president Steven Korn as signaling a possible return to the station’s original mission, which Portnikov said was “cruelly interrupted by (Korn’s) adventurous personne...

VOA officials tried to ban reporter from the UN and limit public disclosure, emails show

VOA officials tried to ban reporter from the UN and limit public disclosure, emails show

BBG Watch Commentary Official emails posted online by Inner City Press reporter Matthew Lee confirm previous reports that Voice of America executive editor Steve Redisch tried to have Lee’s press accreditation at the United Nations revoked. Redisch sent a formal request to a UN official asking him to “review” Lee’s status as...

Executives at the worst-run agency in the Federal Government will again fire workers, protect their own jobs, union predicts

Executives at the worst-run agency in the Federal Government will again fire workers, protect their own jobs, union predicts

BBG Watch Commentary Executives at the worst-run agency in the Federal Government will again fire workers, protect their own jobs, union predicts AFGE Local 1812, the union representing employees at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) expects that leaders running the agency, including the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) director Richa...

Is BBG looking out for or exploiting its non-U.S. citizen employees?

Is BBG looking out for or exploiting its non-U.S. citizen employees?

BBG Watch Commentary Is BBG, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, looking out for or exploiting its non-U.S. citizen employees? It is well known, for example, that foreign-born (non-Czech and non-American) journalists and other staffers employed at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Prague are denied by RFE/RL, with consent from the BBG, s...

BBG Watch – One Million Hits Since Launch

BBG Watch – One Million Hits Since Launch

BBG Watch, our little news and media freedom advocacy website, launched in September 2011 to save Voice of America broadcasts to China, has now reached one million hits. Since our launch, we have helped to prevent the planned elimination of VOA broadcasts to both China and Tibet and focused the attention of the Broadcasting Board of Governors and t...

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