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Broadcasting Board of Governors officials rebuked on illegal firings of employees, likely to waste millions on further appeals

Broadcasting Board of Governors officials rebuked on illegal firings of employees, likely to waste millions on further appeals

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) rejected all of the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) exceptions to Arbitrator Suzanne R. Butler’s decision in the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) RIF (reduction-in-force) case (http://www.flra.gov/decisions/v66/66-182.html) involving illegal firings of OCB broadcasters. It i...

Once Upon A Time There Was Radio Liberty

Once Upon A Time There Was Radio Liberty

This BBG Watch Guest Commentary was written by an anonymous former Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) analyst, journalist and manager. ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS RADIO LIBERTY Once upon a time, the main news program on Soviet TV was called “Vremia” – “Time”. It was a source of inspiration. One of the changes appr...

Human rights leaders in Russia condemn mass firing of Radio Liberty journalists

Human rights leaders in Russia condemn mass firing of Radio Liberty journalists

BBG Watch Commentary Reports in Russian media say that a letter of protest sent to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the U.S. Congress, which was signed by Russia’s most famous human rights leaders, condemns the management of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) for engineering a mass firing of Radio Liberty journalists in Moscow...

How Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty top brass fired journalists in Moscow and caused a scandal

How Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty top brass fired journalists in Moscow and caused a scandal

BBG Watch Commentary An online openDemocracy.net article, The End of ‘Liberty’ by a former Radio Liberty (RL) Russian Service journalist, Mumin Shakirov, describes how senior managers of the U.S. government-funded radio station engineered the firing of dozens of journalists at the RL Moscow bureau, causing a major scandal in Russia, esp...

East European journalist defends Russian broadcasters fired by Radio Liberty

East European journalist defends Russian broadcasters fired by Radio Liberty

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that a Polish journalist, Zygmunt Dzieciolowski, co-editor of Russian coverage for the UK-based openDemocracy NGO website (www.opendemocracy.net), has written to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) protesting the firing of dozens of Radio Liberty journalists in Moscow. The English-language Moscow Tim...

Pelosi concerned about proposed merger of BBG's independent broadcasters

Pelosi concerned about proposed merger of BBG's independent broadcasters

BBG Watch has learned that the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D – CA), is concerned that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) plan to merge BBG’s grantee broadcasters — Radio Free Asia (RFA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MB...

RFE/RL President Steven Korn responds to negative media coverage of mass firings at Radio Liberty in Moscow

RFE/RL President Steven Korn responds to negative media coverage of mass firings at Radio Liberty in Moscow

BBG Watch Commentary President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Steven Korn has responded to a wave of negative reactions in the Russian media — including liberal outlets like Novaya Gazeta and Ekho Moskvy — to his decision to conduct a mass firing of journalists at the RFE/RL Moscow bureau. Anna Kachkaeva, one of the most pr...

Newly-selected director of Radio Liberty Russian Service Masha Gessen will be target of KGB-style pressure campaign

Newly-selected director of Radio Liberty Russian Service Masha Gessen will be target of KGB-style pressure campaign

BBG Watch Guest Commentary As the Kremlin orders USAID to pull out of Russia, accusing the U.S. government agency of giving support to anti-Putin groups, and the Russian Parliament tentatively approves a new law expanding the definition of treason, the President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), also a U.S. government-funded operation, h...

Newly-selected director of Radio Liberty Russian Service Masha Gessen met with Putin, denies role in mass firing of RL staffers

Newly-selected director of Radio Liberty Russian Service Masha Gessen met with Putin, denies role in mass firing of RL staffers

BBG Watch Commentary As the Kremlin orders USAID to pull out of Russia, accusing the U.S. government agency of giving support to anti-Putin groups, and the Russian Parliament tentatively approves a new law expanding the definition of treason, the President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), also a U.S. government-funded operation, has ann...

Broadcasting Board of Governors staff issues a gag order on Gallup contract, BBG employee union points out

Broadcasting Board of Governors staff issues a gag order on Gallup contract, BBG employee union points out

A commentary has been posted on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employee union AFGE Local 1812 website which deals with attempts by the BBG senior executive staffers to silence open discussion of the controversial BBG’s up-to-50 million dollar five year contract with the Gallup organization. Broadcasting Board of Governors member Am...

Permanently absent board member Dana Perino to leave Broadcasting Board of Governors but not until the end of the year

Permanently absent board member Dana Perino to leave Broadcasting Board of Governors but not until the end of the year

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has reported frequently that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Republican member Dana Perino has been missing BBG meetings. She has not attended in person the last 10 open BBG meetings and only participated in some BBG discussions by phone. We’ve heard that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), who is responsi...

Broadcasting Board of Governors not quite sure whether Putin restricts media freedom in Russia

Broadcasting Board of Governors not quite sure whether Putin restricts media freedom in Russia

BBG Watch Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the U.S. federal agency in charge of international news programs designed to overcome censorship and strengthen democracy abroad, has posted on its official website the following announcement: BBG Panel: New Russian Laws – Tightening The Noose On Free Speech? Please note the question m...

Aung San Suu Kyi's visit underscores importance of VOA and RFA radio for freedom advocates in oppressed nations

Aung San Suu Kyi's visit underscores importance of VOA and RFA radio for freedom advocates in oppressed nations

BBG Watch Commentary On the occasion of VOA’s 70th anniversary this year, Aung San Suu Kyi said it was like the birthday of a friend, “because the VOA and other broadcasting stations were the friends who kept me company during my long years of house arrest.” And one former Voice of America broadcaster made this comment about Aung San Suu Kyi’...

Broadcasting Board of Governors staffers resist calls from BBG Governors for public discussion and setting date for audit of Gallup contract

Broadcasting Board of Governors staffers resist calls from BBG Governors for public discussion and setting date for audit of Gallup contract

BBG Watch Commentary At the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) open meeting last Thursday, September 13, 2012, executive staffers resisted calls from BBG Governors Victor Ashe and Michael Meehan to discuss in public the controversial up-to-50 million dollars audience research contract with the Gallup Organization and to set a specific date for c...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Press Releases and Other Pronouncements

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Press Releases and Other Pronouncements

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Press Releases and Other Pronouncements by The Federalist       Here, we consider the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) press release of Thursday, September 13, 2012 and other pronouncements.   The press release features a photo of Secretary Clinton, Under-...

Broadcasting Board of Governors staff failed to inform board about dropping EEO policy amendment to protect union members

Broadcasting Board of Governors staff failed to inform board about dropping EEO policy amendment to protect union members

BBG Watch Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) executive staff dropped an amendment protecting union members and union activities from the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement agreed to by presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed members of the Governance Committee of the U.S. federal agency in charge of U.S. internati...

Broadcasting Board of Governors can't do its job in an hour and 15 minutes

Broadcasting Board of Governors can't do its job in an hour and 15 minutes

BBG Watch Commentary During last Thursday’s open meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in Washington, DC, a senior Republican member Ambassador Victor Ashe criticized the BBG’s staff for bad planning in not allowing board members sufficient time to perform their duties in providing direction and oversight for U.S. interna...

Digital Journal Op-Ed: Former US Diplomat Criticizes Weak Language on Libya Killings

Digital Journal Op-Ed: Former US Diplomat Criticizes Weak Language on Libya Killings

The following Digital Journal op-ed was published by former Voice of America (VOA) acting associate director Ted Lipien who serves on the board of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB).   Digital Journal Op-Ed: Former US Diplomat Criticizes Weak Language on Libya Killings by Ted Lipien     Former U.S. Ambassador t...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: The Arab and Muslim World

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: The Arab and Muslim World

Broadcasting Board of Governors Information War Lost: The Arab and Muslim World A commentary by The Federalist       This is going to be tough, so take your antacid now.   What does it take?   What does it take to understand that this Western media concocted “Arab Spring” is a fantasy?   It is important for the America...

Former U.S. Senator Norman Coleman among potential Republican candidates for BBG

Former U.S. Senator Norman Coleman among potential Republican candidates for BBG

BBG Watch has learned that unconfirmed reports list former U.S. Senator Norman Coleman is one of the potential candidates to fill a vacant Republican position on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). President Obama has already nominated Jeffrey Shell, President of NBCUniversal International, to be one of BBG’s Democratic members and the...

BBG members and IBB Director Lobo meet with Secretary of State Clinton

BBG members and IBB Director Lobo meet with Secretary of State Clinton

The official Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) announcement on today’s meeting of BBG members and International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) Director Richard Lobo with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton resembles Soviet Communist Party Central Committee statements — one must read between the lines to guess what it all means. Our live r...

BBG open meeting just started, CEO decision announced, Perino again missing

BBG open meeting just started, CEO decision announced, Perino again missing

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) open meeting has just started and can be viewed live online. BBG Governor Dana Perino has again, possibly for the tenth time, missed the meeting. The meeting is presided by Governor Mulhaupt with Governor Mulhaupt being present as well. The BBG Governors had met earlier with Secretary of State Hillary Clint...

Senior BBG staff keeping employees in the dark about cuts

Senior BBG staff keeping employees in the dark about cuts

The following commentary has just been posted on the AFGE Local 1812 union website which represents hundreds of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) federal employees. Link to the AFGE Local 1812 commentary. “Is the BBG Secretly Planning to Shutdown VOA? AFGE Local 1812 has been hearing credible reports that the senior staff of the BBG i...

BBG staff tries to rebuff critics on grantee consolidation plan

BBG staff tries to rebuff critics on grantee consolidation plan

Senior executive staffers at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) have launched an all-out attack on critics of their grantee consolidation plan with a new expensive study from Deloitte which rebuffs arguments against the merger. Deloitte has an obvious conflict of interest in this matter since it is likely to receive more money from the BBG t...

Obama to nominate Jeffrey Shell as BBG Chairman

Obama to nominate Jeffrey Shell as BBG Chairman

President Obama says he intends to nominate Jeffrey Shell as Member and Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The White House made the announcement on Wednesday, but it has not yet appeared on the official BBG website — bbg.gov. Comcast has the following bio information for Jeffrey Shell: “Jeff Shell is President, NBCUn...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – The Board Meets With Secretary Clinton

Broadcasting Board of Governors – The Board Meets With Secretary Clinton

Broadcasting Board of Governors – The Board Meets With Secretary Clinton   by The Federalist     This week, members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) meet with Secretary of State Clinton.  As reported by BBG Watch, sources indicate that consolidation and de-Federalization of the Voice of America (VOA) will be tw...

Broadcasting Board of Governors members to meet with Secretary of State Clinton amid doubts about their leadership

Broadcasting Board of Governors members to meet with Secretary of State Clinton amid doubts about their leadership

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that members of the bipartisan Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), who oversee U.S. international broadcasting including the Voice of America (VOA), are scheduled to meet in Washington with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next Thursday amid reports that the BBG’s five-year strategic plans is in...

BBG is structural mess, says former chair Glassman, but are his proposals any better?

BBG is structural mess, says former chair Glassman, but are his proposals any better?

BBG Watch Commentary Examiner.com and Gov.Exec.com have reported a comment from the former Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) chairman James Glassman that BBG, which runs the Voice of America (VOA) and other U.S. international broadcasting operations, is a structural mess. As BBG chairman during the George W. Bush Administration, Glassman was re...

Without substantive change, Broadcasting Board of Governors Governance Committee may soon be smelling mismanagement under a different name

Without substantive change, Broadcasting Board of Governors Governance Committee may soon be smelling mismanagement under a different name

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Governance Committee, scheduled to meet on September 13, will discuss, among other things, the controversial proposal to consolidate the so-called grantee broadcasters: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), and Middle East Broadcasti...

PARAZIT

PARAZIT

The popular satirical Voice of America (VOA) television program to Iran PARAZIT has been off the air for nine months, but top managers at VOA, its parent agency the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) failed to mention this fact to members of their bipartisan Board and kept issuing press releases im...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: End of Summer No End to the Nightmare

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: End of Summer No End to the Nightmare

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost: End of Summer No End to the Nightmare  by The Federalist For the employees inside the Cohen Building contending with the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and its International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB)  or BBG/IBB, the nightmare continues to roll, even as the summer of...

Working under BBG management is no Labor Day picnic for employees – The Czech Helsinki Committee condemns human rights violations at Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

Working under BBG management is no Labor Day picnic for employees – The Czech Helsinki Committee condemns human rights violations at Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

BBG Watch Commentary   How can the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) proclaim with a straight face that its Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Voice of America (VOA) broadcasts are designed to help Iranian workers and their independent labor unions as they did for the Polish Solidarity trade movement during the Cold War? On the A...

BBG's 50 million dollar contract with Gallup gets more  scrutiny

BBG's 50 million dollar contract with Gallup gets more scrutiny

Dr. Helle Dale of the Heritage Foundation described the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) audience research contract with The Gallup Organization as “an example of government waste and bad planning.” “The exorbitantly expensive Gallup Organization contract with the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)—is finally coming...

Broadcasting Board of Governors committee to discuss controversial Gallup contract

Broadcasting Board of Governors committee to discuss controversial Gallup contract

The controversial 50 million dollar audience research contract between the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and The Gallup Organization will be discussed on Tuesday by the BBG Strategy and Budget Committee. The move comes after the U.S. Department of Justice joined a suit accusing Gallup of overcharging other U.S. government agencies for simil...

BBG Watch reporting on Voice of America 'Parazit' program to Iran enters mainstream media

BBG Watch reporting on Voice of America 'Parazit' program to Iran enters mainstream media

Last week BBG Watch — www.bbgwatch.com, an independent website run by former and current Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employees and their supporters — had an exclusive report that Broadcasting Board of Governors members were appalled to learn for the first time that the highly popular Voice of America (VOA) satirical television...

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