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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 ...

European public interest journalism expert calls for Ragona and Gessen to leave, return of fired Radio Liberty staff

European public interest journalism expert calls for Ragona and Gessen to leave, return of fired Radio Liberty staff

BBG Watch Commentary European public interest journalism expert Zygmunt Dzieciolowski has called on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting, to apologize to the fired Radio Liberty Russian journalists and to offer them a chance to return. Dzieciolowski also called for the departure ...

Limousines, yachts, business class travel at RFE/RL hopefully to be reviewed by Audit Committee

Limousines, yachts, business class travel at RFE/RL hopefully to be reviewed by Audit Committee

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Corporate Board Chairman and Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member Dennis Mulhaupt has called for a meeting of the RFE/RL Audit Committee in Washington, DC on January 29. There has been no official announcement. Mulhaupt, who is also the chairman of ...

Steven Korn continues to defame Radio Liberty journalists in Washington Post interview

Steven Korn continues to defame Radio Liberty journalists in Washington Post interview

BBG Watch Commentary In an interview with The Washington Post, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) President and CEO Steven Korn continues to promote his fictitious account of events surrounding his disastrous tenure at RFE/RL. Despite numerous and credible reports that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) had in fact asked him to resign,...

Repeal of Smith-Mundt is good for media freedom, but Americans must be wary of government bureaucrats marketing news domestically

Repeal of Smith-Mundt is good for media freedom, but Americans must be wary of government bureaucrats marketing news domestically

BBG Watch Commentary Commenting on the defense authorization bill that President Obama signed last night, which includes a provision that reduces restrictions of the Smith-Mundt Act on the dissemination of materials within the United States that were originally intended for audiences overseas, former Broadcasting Broadcasting Board of Governors (BB...

Open letter of Radio Liberty Chechnya war reporter Andrei Babitsky to RFE/RL president Steven Korn

Open letter of Radio Liberty Chechnya war reporter Andrei Babitsky to RFE/RL president Steven Korn

BBG Watch Commentary In an open letter to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) President and CEO Steven Korn, Andrei Babitsky, one of the most famous among Radio Liberty investigative journalists and war reporters still employed by the U.S. taxpayer-supported media freedom station, describes scenes of great joy among RFE/RL employees upon heari...

Business class plane travel and housing allowances for Korn's favorites at RFE/RL raise questions

Business class plane travel and housing allowances for Korn's favorites at RFE/RL raise questions

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that two of the resigning Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) President and CEO Steven Korn’s closest deputies — Vice President of Content, Distribution, and Marketing Julia Ragona, and Vice President of Administration Dale Cohen — recently flew business class from Prague to attend a...

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty  journalist responds to RFE/RL president Steven Korn's resignation letter

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist responds to RFE/RL president Steven Korn's resignation letter

Below are my comments, in bold, to President Steve Korn’s resignation letter  sent to the Board Of Governors, BBG/IBB Staff and RFE/RL employees around the world.  I make these comments  so that President Korn will know that his version of the facts are known to be, as he would call it, misinformation. Jan Palach   (pen name of ...

Still in fear of Steven Korn and his deputies, RFE/RL journalists continue to ignore controversy and need for balance

Still in fear of Steven Korn and his deputies, RFE/RL journalists continue to ignore controversy and need for balance

BBG Watch Commentary “For the first time ever the RFE/RL newsroom has published ‘information’ that we have every reason to believe is not true.” “We have never knowingly published lies before at the orders of top management.” — RFE/RL Central Newsroom journalist Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) News...

My dismissal – not possible, Izvestia quotes Radio Liberty Russian head Masha Gessen

My dismissal – not possible, Izvestia quotes Radio Liberty Russian head Masha Gessen

BBG Watch Commentary The Radio Liberty Russian Service director Masha Gessen told the Izvestia that firing her from her Radio Liberty job at the Russian Service, where she is the director appointed by RFE/RL president Steven Korn who has announced his resignation, would be impossible and his departure would not affect her future work at the station...

Victor Ashe welcomes resignation of Steven Korn as necessary for RFE/RL to survive

Victor Ashe welcomes resignation of Steven Korn as necessary for RFE/RL to survive

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member Ambassador Victor Ashe welcomed the resignation of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty president Steven Korn as necessary for RFE/RL to survive. Ambassador Ashe told reporters: “Korn’s departure was necessary for the survival of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). He was feared and disl...

STEVEN KORN RESIGNS AS PRESIDENT OF RADIO FREE EUROPE AND RADIO LIBERTY

STEVEN KORN RESIGNS AS PRESIDENT OF RADIO FREE EUROPE AND RADIO LIBERTY

BBG Watch Commentary Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty president and CEO Steven Korn has submitted a letter of resignation to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting which had hired him and recently asked him to resign because of the crisis he created at RFE/RL by firing some of the b...

RFE/RL board meets, no letter of resignation from Steven Korn arrived, search for replacement continues

RFE/RL board meets, no letter of resignation from Steven Korn arrived, search for replacement continues

BBG Watch Commentary The Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty corporate board, which is composed of all members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), met today in a teleconference for about an hour, several sources within the BBG administration in Washington told BBG Watch, but the expected letter of resignation from RFE/RL president and CEO Ste...

Broadcasting Board of Governors employee union calls  BBG actions on Radio Liberty a step in the right direction

Broadcasting Board of Governors employee union calls BBG actions on Radio Liberty a step in the right direction

BBG Watch Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employee union, AFGE Local 1812, has posted on its website an article applauding BBG members for taking action to resolve the crisis at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) brought about by programming changes introduced by RFE/RL president Steven Korn and his firing of experienced ...

Steven Korn's Disastrous Tenure at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: A Postmortem by Judy Bachrach

Steven Korn's Disastrous Tenure at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: A Postmortem by Judy Bachrach

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. Here are some excerpts: “There was supposed to be a for...

A Farcial Spin at the Broadcasting Board of Governors

A Farcial Spin at the Broadcasting Board of Governors

This article was published by the BBG employee union AFGE Local 1812 A FARCICAL SPIN For members of AFGE Local 1812 who keep hoping against all hope that somehow, Agency management will come to its senses, its latest response to Radio World’’s Dec. 12th story (republished by the TVTechnology website) is nothing short of “business as usua...

U.S. Must Take Immediate Action to Save Radio Liberty in Russia

U.S. Must Take Immediate Action to Save Radio Liberty in Russia

BBG Watch Commentary U.S. Must Take Immediate Action to Save Radio Liberty in Russia by Mario Corti and Ted Lipien What does the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the federal agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting, need to know for taking immediate action and what needs to be done before it is too late and the damage to Radio Liberty in...

"Turmoil Over America's Radio Voice in Russia," former RFE/RL executive editor writes in Wall Street Journal

"Turmoil Over America's Radio Voice in Russia," former RFE/RL executive editor writes in Wall Street Journal

BBG Watch Commentary John O’Sullivan, former Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty executive editor (2008-11) and vice president (2011), the author of “The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister” (Regnery, 2006), and former advisor to Margaret Thatcher, published an op-ed article in The Wall Street Journal critical of RFE/RL presid...

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