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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...

Congressional Record, April 6, 2011: Rep. Rohrabacher confronts BBG on China and Iran

Congressional Record, April 6, 2011: Rep. Rohrabacher confronts BBG on China and Iran

From time to time, BBG Watch publishes significant historical documents on U.S. international broadcasting. Today, we want to bring you for easy viewing the minutes of the 2011 Hearing on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The April 6, 2011 hea...

Public Diplomacy and Online Platforms: Radio Liberty’s Case, analysis by American Security Project blogger

BBG Watch Commentary Lívia Pontes Fialho, a policy researcher intern at the American Security Project, analyzes in the ASP FLASHPOINT BLOG recent changes in distribution and content of U.S. taxpayer-funded Radio Liberty programs for Russia. She correctly points out that Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has been “traditionally associat...

CUSIB Welcomes Michael Benjamin to Advisory Board

CUSIB Welcomes Michael Benjamin to Advisory Board

The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – www.cusib.org), a nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization working to strengthen free flow of uncensored news from the United States to countries with restricted and developing media environments, has announced the selection of a civic activist and government official from New York St...

MAXIMUS HUBRIS / REASONABLE DOUBT, PART III

MAXIMUS HUBRIS / REASONABLE DOUBT, PART III

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employee union, American Federation of Government Employees Local 1812, continues its series of articles on the Voice of America. MAXIMUS HUBRIS / REASONABLE DOUBT, PART III MANAGEMENT HUBRIS AND AGENDAS Current and former employees report that the VOA Director appeared to accept a view held by top managers...

SHINING THE LIGHT ON AN OPAQUE BUREAUCRACY

SHINING THE LIGHT ON AN OPAQUE BUREAUCRACY

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employee union, American Federation of Government Employees Local 1812, commented in a recent article posted on its website on the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) bureaucracy’s attempts to take over the control of the agency from the BBG. “In a column published in the National Review, wr...

Union accuses IBB bureaucracy of 'a great pretend game'

Union accuses IBB bureaucracy of 'a great pretend game'

The employee union at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1812, has published another commentary on the International Broadcasting Bureau senior staff. The commentary analyzes the most recent GAO report on duplication of language services between the Voice of America (VOA) and surrogate b...

Beware of Central Bureaucracy for USIB

Beware of Central Bureaucracy for USIB

BBG Watch Commentary This BBG Watch commentary on the “21st Century Vision for U.S. Global Media” paper by A. Ross Johnson and Gene Parta was written by Ted Lipien, a former acting Voice of America associate director and former BBG regional marketing director who is now associated with the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (...

CUSIB Statement on Recent BBG Developments

CUSIB Statement on Recent BBG Developments

The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting has released a statement expressing its opposition to the growth of bureaucracy at the Broadcasting Board of Governors at the expense of programming and programming jobs. CUSIB is hopeful that Secretary of State John Kerry, who became the newest member of the BBG, will help to reform the bureaucracy...

An alternative view of the BBG Board

An alternative view of the BBG Board

An alternative view of the BBG Board By a long-time employee AND taxpayer ​ We’ve heard the part-time BBG Board described as anything from dysfunctional (OIG Report) to defunct (former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in testimony to Congress.) In no way does this diminish the problems facing the Board of Governors but I suggest there is another ...

In defense of Broadcasting Board of Governors

In defense of Broadcasting Board of Governors

BBG Watch Commentary The Bureaucracy at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, centered largely within the BBG’s International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB), but also within the higher echelons of the Voice of America (VOA), has launched recently an unprecedented behind the scenes attack on individual BBG members and the authority of the whole Boar...

Lyudmila Alexeeva, staunch ally of fired Radio Liberty journalists, nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Lyudmila Alexeeva, staunch ally of fired Radio Liberty journalists, nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

BBG Watch Commentary As reported by Dr. Paul Goble on his scholarly Window on Eurasia blog focusing on Russian media, “Lyudmila Alekseyeva, head of the Moscow Helsinki Group and a longtime defender of the rights of her fellow citizens against Moscow’s violation of their rights, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, an award many belie...

Huffington Post reports on Radio Liberty, quotes Klose, Gedmin, O'Sullivan, and BBG Watch

Huffington Post reports on Radio Liberty, quotes Klose, Gedmin, O'Sullivan, and BBG Watch

BBG Watch Commentary The Huffington Post, ranked #1 on the 15 Most Popular Political Sites list in the United States, has published an article by its Senior Media Reporter Michael Calderone on the Radio Liberty crisis, “Kevin Klose, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty President, Hopes To Repair Russia Rift.” The article includes quotes from...

U.S. media on failing revenge of Washington bureaucracy at Broadcasting Board of Governors

U.S. media on failing revenge of Washington bureaucracy at Broadcasting Board of Governors

BBG Watch Commentary When one hears of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comment that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is “defunct” or the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report that the BBG is “dysfunctional,” it is important to know that while presidentially appointed...

Kevin Klose offers vision of journalism that empowers, remains silent on plans to reform RFE/RL

Kevin Klose offers vision of journalism that empowers, remains silent on plans to reform RFE/RL

BBG Watch Commentary “Fact-based, quality, reliable, independent, verifiable journalism — that’s what we’re about,” recently appointed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) acting president Kevin Klose told RFE/RL employees in a meeting Monday in Prague. “I’ve spent my entire life in pursuit of those goa...

Russian human rights leader Lyudmila Alexeeva wants  two RFE/RL managers to resign, asks for return of fired Radio Liberty journalists

Russian human rights leader Lyudmila Alexeeva wants two RFE/RL managers to resign, asks for return of fired Radio Liberty journalists

BBG Watch Commentary In a letter to the newly-appointed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) acting president Kevin Klose, Russian human rights leader Lyudmila Alexeeva asked for fired Radio Liberty Russian Service journalists to be allowed to return to their jobs of reporting on human rights abuses and political issues in Russia. The letter wa...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: The Secretary Weighs In – Again, Part Two

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: The Secretary Weighs In – Again, Part Two

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost: The Secretary Weighs In – Again, Part Two by The Federalist     “We have basically abdicated in my view, the broadcast media.  I have tried and will continue from the outside to convince Congress and the others.   If we don’t have an up-to-date mod...

Taking issue with Clinton's claim of U.S. international broadcasting being 'dysfunctional'

Taking issue with Clinton's claim of U.S. international broadcasting being 'dysfunctional'

BBG Watch Commentary One of our guest commentators who writes under the pen name of Jane Doe because of her association with the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) takes issue with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent claim that BBG and U.S. international broadcasting are “dysfunctional.” “The ‘broken&...

State IG blamed for blaming the messenger on mismanagement and Internet security lapses at BBG

State IG blamed for blaming the messenger on mismanagement and Internet security lapses at BBG

Commentary In this guest commentary by an Internet security expert , BBG Watch looks again at the recent State Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) controversial and widely criticized inspection report on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). IG Report Kills The Messenger of Internet Security Lapses The IG Report overall at...

Static at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Jackson Diehl writes in The Washington Post

Static at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Jackson Diehl writes in The Washington Post

BBG Watch Commentary Jackson Diehl, deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post, whose extensive experience in reporting on foreign affairs includes work as the paper’s correspondent in Poland during Solidarity’s struggle for democracy, concluded in today’s op-ed article that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the ...

Success Stories of Fired Radio Liberty Journalists

Success Stories of Fired Radio Liberty Journalists

SUCCESS STORIES OF FIRED RADIO LIBERTY JOURNALISTS by Mario Corti [aside] November 14, 2012. News agencies and other media announce the appointment of Ludmila Telen as chief editor of the monthly magazine Sovershenno sekretno. Two months earlier, along with dozens of her colleagues, Telen had been fired by American taxpayer-funded Radio Free Europe...

Problems at Voice of America and its News Division outlined in a union article

Problems at Voice of America and its News Division outlined in a union article

Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employee union, American Federation of Government Employees Local 1812, continues a series of articles on on its website “dealing with the senior executive staff’s plan to gut the Voice of America” (VOA). AFGE 1812 argues that “[T]he plan involves cutting the heart out of the or...

Latest Russian media reports on Radio Liberty crisis focus on Holocaust video story

Latest Russian media reports on Radio Liberty crisis focus on Holocaust video story

BBG Watch Commentary Russian media continues to report on the ongoing crisis at Radio Liberty. Latest reports focus on the video shot at the former Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz by fired Radio Liberty journalist Mumin Shakirov, which the Russian Service website ignored. Shakirov is receiving media attention for taking with him to the Auschwi...

Gessen website ignores story of Holocaust video

Gessen website ignores story of Holocaust video

BBG Watch Commentary The Russian Service website of Radio Liberty has ignored the widely reported story of a new video in Russia showing a recent visit to the Nazi concentration camp by two young women who were previously ignorant about the World War II Jewish Holocaust. The video was shot by an award-winning filmmaker Mumin Shakirov who had been f...

RFE/RL coverage of Holocaust video project raises questions

RFE/RL coverage of Holocaust video project raises questions

BBG Watch Commentary Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) coverage of the Holocaust video project by award-winning filmmaker Mumin Shakirov has raised questions of journalistic accuracy and objectivity because of its failure to mention that Shakirov was fired last September by the RFE/RL management, which had earlier ignored his request to allo...

Clinton:   If we don't have an up-to-date, modern, effective Broadcasting Board of Governors, we shouldn't have one at all

Clinton: If we don't have an up-to-date, modern, effective Broadcasting Board of Governors, we shouldn't have one at all

BBG Watch Commentary Hillary Clinton gave the final major speech Thursday as the outgoing Secretary of State at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington and later expressed her disappointment with the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and its growing abandonment of radio and television broadcasting as a means of reaching and influencing a...

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