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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...

Masha Gessen comments to Russian media are unauthorized and false, BBG sources say

Masha Gessen comments to Russian media are unauthorized and false, BBG sources say

BBG Watch Commentary Speaking off the record, well-placed sources within the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) administration in Washington told BBG Watch that statements recently made to Russian media by the director of Radio Liberty Russian Service Masha Gessen were completely unauthorized by the BBG or the BBG’s International Broadcast...

IT'S TIME FOR A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION FROM OUTSIDE THE IBB, BBG employee union says

IT'S TIME FOR A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION FROM OUTSIDE THE IBB, BBG employee union says

BBG Watch Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employee union, AFGE Local 1812, has posted on its website a number of commentaries on the crisis at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) brought about by the actions of its outgoing president Steven Korn and his closest associates. They include RFE/RL vice president of content Juli...

BBG employee union takes note of Andrei Babitsky's protest at Radio Liberty

BBG employee union takes note of Andrei Babitsky's protest at Radio Liberty

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employee union, AFGE Local 1812, has posted on its website a number of commentaries on the crisis at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) brought about by the actions of its outgoing president Steven Korn and his closest associates. They include RFE/RL vice president of content Julia Ragona, vice presid...

Korn’s Crash Landing, BBG Left to Pick Up the Pieces, BBG employee union comments

Korn’s Crash Landing, BBG Left to Pick Up the Pieces, BBG employee union comments

BBG Watch Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employee union, AFGE Local 1812, has posted on its website a number of commentaries on the crisis at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) brought about by the actions of its outgoing president Steven Korn and his closest associates. They include RFE/RL vice president of content Juli...

Masha Gessen sends a message she's untouchable at Radio Liberty

Masha Gessen sends a message she's untouchable at Radio Liberty

BBG Watch Commentary “The Untouchable” – Masha Gessen In an attempt to hold on to her job as the director of the Russian Service of Radio Liberty, Masha Gessen is trying to box the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) into a corner with comments to Russian media that changes initiated by her and her patron, the outgoing Radio Fre...

Radio Liberty in Exile journalists add new features to their "New Liberty" website, get attention from BBG

Radio Liberty in Exile journalists add new features to their "New Liberty" website, get attention from BBG

BBG Watch Commentary Radio Liberty in Exile (Facebook Page) journalists have added several new features to their New Liberty (Novaya Svoboda) website, SvobodaNew.com despite operating without a budget. While waiting for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal agency in charge of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), to act on the...

Korn Fed Execs, anonymous journalist comments on RFE/RL "Animal Farm" in Prague

Korn Fed Execs, anonymous journalist comments on RFE/RL "Animal Farm" in Prague

BBG Watch Commentary Korn Fed Execs by Anonymous RFE/RL journalist It does not surprise anyone who grew up east of the Iron Curtain that those who rise to the top of state funded organizations will use their power and influence to increase the levels of comfort for themselves, their families and their friends to the detriment of the general populac...

National Endowment for Democracy blog reports on Radio Liberty crisis

National Endowment for Democracy blog reports on Radio Liberty crisis

Democracy Digest, a blog published by the National Endowment for Democracy, is reporting on the current crisis and Radio Liberty in Russia in an article titled “RFE/RL Russia dispute damaging US image ‘more than KGB’ ever did.” The article has links and quotes to several media reports, including those by The Washington Post and BBG Watc...

Advice to IBB  Director Richard Lobo on How to Improve Employee Morale

Advice to IBB Director Richard Lobo on How to Improve Employee Morale

The International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) Director Richard M. Lobo operates as an extension of the Broadcasting Board of Governors in its oversight of U.S. international broadcasting. His agency was rated as the worst-managed among federal agencies of similar size in the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint survey conducted by the Office of Personne...

'At Voice of America, Complaints About Its Iranian Coverage,' Wall Street Journal op-ed

'At Voice of America, Complaints About Its Iranian Coverage,' Wall Street Journal op-ed

BBG Watch Commentary An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal by Sohrab Ahmari, “At Voice of America, Complaints About Its Iranian Coverage,” focuses on claims that the VOA Persian-language service is accused of tailoring its programs to avoid offending the regime. The VOA denies it. Ahmari, an assistant books editor at The Wall Street Journ...

BBG Watch broke the ill covered Radio Liberty story, says John O'Sullivan in National Review

BBG Watch broke the ill covered Radio Liberty story, says John O'Sullivan in National Review

BBG Watch Commentary In an National Review article, “How to Listen to the Radio: The ill-covered crisis at an American institution,” former Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty executive editor John O’Sullivan gives BBG Watch credit for exposing crisis and corruption at the American taxpayer-funded station broadcasting uncensored news ...

Steven Korn's Wasteful Personal Spending at RFE/RL by Judy Bachrach in World Affairs

Steven Korn's Wasteful Personal Spending at RFE/RL by Judy Bachrach in World Affairs

BBG Watch Commentary In one of the best investigative journalism reports on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), a contributing editor for Vanity Fair Judy Bachrach describes in a new article for World Affairs journal the complete disintegration of the taxpayer-funded Radio Liberty combined with wasteful spending of U.S. taxpayers’ money...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – More on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – More on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – More on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty by The Federalist (Special to BBG Watch) We may be in a new year on the calendar, but it will be more of the same if senior agency officials intend to continue the effort to take the United States Government out of the business of strategic ...

Radio Liberty remains in a coma – Russian journalist tells Broadcasting Board of Governors

Radio Liberty remains in a coma – Russian journalist tells Broadcasting Board of Governors

BBG Watch Commentary Radio Liberty remains in a coma – Russian journalist Sophia Kornienko tells Broadcasting Board of Governors “The only way to help Radio Svoboda escape clinical death is by removing the malicious tumour of its management installed there by Steven Korn” In a letter to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), o...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Bluster

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Bluster

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost - Bluster by The Federalist   The Congress has thrown a bone to the Broadcasting Board of Governors/International Broadcasting Bureau (BBG/IBB), modifying the Smith-Mundt Act (as a provision of a defense authorization bill) to facilitate dissemination of agency programs inside th...

Letter to Senator Kerry from former Radio Liberty senior commentator

Letter to Senator Kerry from former Radio Liberty senior commentator

Letter to Senator John Kerry from Lev Roitman, a former senior commentator of Radio Liberty Russian Service Published: Orer Magazine, Prague, January 3, 2013, LINK   The Honorable John F. Kerry U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510-6225 U.S.A.   January 2, 2013   As the Secre...

Did Steve Korn resign from CNN and RFE/RL or was he canned both times?

Did Steve Korn resign from CNN and RFE/RL or was he canned both times?

BBG Watch Commentary Steven Korn, the outgoing president and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), insists that he is resigning from his post at the U.S. taxpayer-funded international media freedom outlet for purely personal reasons. In 2002, Korn also cited personal reasons, spending more time with his family, for leaving his executive ...

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