David Ensor on Combating Propaganda in Ukraine with Voice of America programs

BBG Watch Commentary Even though the U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) failed to cover a gathering of international leaders in Poland at which VOA Director David Ensor spoke and did not report his comments and later posted a video report from the presidential inauguration in Kyiv which failed to note the presence of Vice […]

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Biden, U.S. Congress delegation not mentioned in VOA video report from Ukraine

BBG Watch Commentary Even though the VOA Charter requires the U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America to “present the policies of the United States clearly and effectively,” a VOA video report from the inauguration Saturday of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko failed to mention that the event was attended by Vice President Joe Biden and a bipartisan […]

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WP editorial: Voice of America needs to keep its objective voice, BBG Watch agrees

BBG Watch Commentary We do not disagree with the Washington Post editorial, “Voice of America needs to keep its objective voice,” because the editorial is largely balanced in its treatment of multiple issues, both mismanagement at the Voice of America (VOA) and the need for objective news reporting. We have a few clarifications to the […]

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Voice of America did not send staff reporter from Washington with Biden to Ukraine, paid for Europe trip for VOA Director instead

BBG Watch Commentary UPDATE: Later in the day, VOA added the name of Gabe Joselow as a byline to its report, so it appears that it had a staff reporter on the scene, although as the East Africa Bureau Chief for Voice of America, he is not a regional expert. Also much later in the […]


Voice of America Director Ensor at Atlantic Council international event in Poland not covered by VOA

BBG Watch Commentary After a confrontation on Tuesday with Voice of America (VOA) editors who told him they do not have enough news material for their broadcasts and the web, VOA Director was attending at U.S. taxpayers’ expense an international gathering in Wroclaw Poland and plans to fly next to Kyiv, Ukraine. Needless to say, […]

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Employees speak out on VOA’s management problems and Royce-Engel bill

BBG Watch Commentary Current and former Voice of America (VOA) employees have spoken up about management problems at the U.S. taxpayer-funded international news organization and what its future may look like if the bipartisan Royce-Engel reform bill is passed by Congress and signed by the President. Some of the comments were made during a highly […]

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Ensor – Staff Meeting – Expert Describes Squandering of VOA’s News and Digital Potential

BBG Watch Commentary One of our UK-based international media experts who prefers to remain anonymous has sent us his analysis of Tuesday’s meeting between Voice of America Director David Ensor and VOA Newsroom and English Programs staffers who sharply challenged Ensor on a number of key issues, particularly his leadership and management style. SEE: VOA […]

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WSJ op-ed by former VOA director Robert Reilly – Unmuffling the Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary Former Voice of America director Robert Reilly has written an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in support of reforms of U.S. international broadcasting proposed in the bipartisan bill, H.R. 4490 – the Royce/Engel U.S. International Broadcasting Reform Legislation, which was passed uninimously by the House Foreign Affairs Committee and now awaits […]

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Digital Only BBG Watch has now more than 3 million hits

BBG Watch Commentary While we may be “Digital Only,” that is not what really matters. What really matters is the public service this website performs in explaining U.S. international media outreach, exposing and analyzing problems with providing accurate and objective news, and arguing for management and programming reforms. We would not be able to do […]

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VOA Editor to Director Ensor: “Nobody Believes Anything Management Has to Say Anymore”

BBG Watch Commentary In a staff meeting that became “a vote of no confidence” in Voice of America Director David Ensor and his senior deputies, some VOA journalists challenged Ensor on his knowledge of how the organization works. One VOA journalist accused Ensor of not listening to what another VOA staffer said about their inability […]