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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...

Ivan Tolstoy leads Radio Liberty in Exile innovative online video discussion on Tamizdat

Ivan Tolstoy leads Radio Liberty in Exile innovative online video discussion on Tamizdat

BBG Watch Commentary LINK to Radio Liberty in Exile Video. Using Google Hangout live video technology, the same one used by President Obama for online interactions, Radio Liberty in Exile recorded a video discussion on Russian emigre literature known as “Tamizdat.” Google Hangout, a feature of Google+, emerging as a potent alternative m...

Union criticizes executive staff attacks on BBG members

Union criticizes executive staff attacks on BBG members

In a new article, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employee union, American Federation of Government Employees Local 1812, criticizes the Agency’s executive staff for their attacks on BBG members. OIG REPORT: THE SAGA CONTINUES If the purpose of the release of the recent State Department Office of Inspector General’s report “Inspecti...

Case against informational appeasement of Putin's Russia

Case against informational appeasement of Putin's Russia

BBG Watch Commentary An important article by Edward Lucas published by the Washington, DC-based Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), “Rethinking Russia: The Paradox of Paranoia,” makes a strong case against appeasement of Russian leaders by the United States and other Western nations. As part of containing Russia’s bullying...

MAXIMUS HUBRIS: DYSFUNCTION, employee union describes problems at Broadcasting Board of Governors

MAXIMUS HUBRIS: DYSFUNCTION, employee union describes problems at Broadcasting Board of Governors

The union representing Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employees is publishing a series of articles on its website highlighting problems at the U.S. international broadcasting agency, which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described recently as “defunct.” The American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1812, is focusing i...

VOA union leader appeals to Director Lobo to stop intimidating security procedures

VOA union leader appeals to Director Lobo to stop intimidating security procedures

BBG Watch Commentary “It’s a New Year, let’s make it the BBG’s best.” – Dick Lobo Imagine if Willis Conover, the legendary Voice of America (VOA) broadcaster whose jazz programs helped to pierce the Iron Curtain, were still alive today and in his retirement tried to visit his old VOA friends at work. He would not be able to move a...

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

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

  (For more discussion on Secretary Clinton’s comments and the future of BBG see: “Fox, Marks, Perron, and others on Clinton and ‘defunct’ U.S. international broadcasting. Also see the attack on The Federalist and on former VOA Director Robert Reilly by BBG research staffer Kim Andrew Elliott in his private blog, in which his comme...

Fox, Marks,  Perron, and others on Clinton and 'defunct' U.S. international broadcasting

Fox, Marks, Perron, and others on Clinton and 'defunct' U.S. international broadcasting

BBG Watch Commentary With the publication of this FoxNews.com article, “Clinton pushes for more broadcasting of pro-US message, raising questions about agency’s mission,” we are starting a new discussion on the future of U.S. international broadcasting and the federal agency in charge of these broadcasts, the Broadcasting Board of...

On his first day as Acting President, BBG Watch extends best wishes to Kevin Klose at RFE/RL

On his first day as Acting President, BBG Watch extends best wishes to Kevin Klose at RFE/RL

Welcome Kevin Klose – We Wish You Well BBG Watch usually does not do this, but we feel it is important at this time to extend our best wishes to Kevin Klose as he takes over his duties at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as Acting RFE/RL President and CEO. The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) could not have chosen a more distinguished jou...

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 ...

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