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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...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost:  Surprise!

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: Surprise!

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost:  Surprise! by The Federalist   (Note: We thought The Federalist was taking a break for the holidays.  We were mistaken!  The Federalist offers some thoughts on 2012 and looks ahead to 2013.) Yes, we did say after our last post that we would be back in January 2013.&nbs...

RFE/RL Board to meet Monday to deal with Radio Liberty crisis, Steven Korn's resignation and personnel issues

RFE/RL Board to meet Monday to deal with Radio Liberty crisis, Steven Korn's resignation and personnel issues

BBG Watch Commentary Several sources told BBG Watch that Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Corporate Board is planning to meet Monday to discuss the crisis at Radio Liberty and personnel issues in the wake of Steven Korn’s expected resignation as RFE/RL president and CEO. Sources told BBG Watch that the Broadcasting Board of Governors ...

Anna Politkovskaya  journalism student award goes to Irina Chevtayeva, another reporter who left Radio Liberty in protest

Anna Politkovskaya journalism student award goes to Irina Chevtayeva, another reporter who left Radio Liberty in protest

BBG Watch Commentary Yet another prestigious journalism award went to former Radio Liberty Russian reporters who either resigned in protest or were fired last September by the American management of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). “Four Former Radio Liberty Staffers Received 5 Different Awards” (“Четыре бывших сотрудника...

BBG Recognizes Achievements of Fired Radio Liberty Journalists

BBG Recognizes Achievements of Fired Radio Liberty Journalists

BBG Recognizes Achievements of Fired Radio Liberty Journalists BBG Watch Commentary In a new sign of disputing actions by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) president Steven Korn, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which has authority over the U.S.-funded media freedom broadcaster, has issued a press release honoring achievements of s...

Fired Radio Liberty chief web editor receives prestigious journalism prize in Russia

Fired Radio Liberty chief web editor receives prestigious journalism prize in Russia

Lyudmila Telen, who in September was fired from her position as the chief editor of the Radio Liberty Russian website, has received a prestigious award from the Russian Union of Journalists for upholding “honor, dignity and professionalism,” including the three and half year period at her previous employer, the U.S. government-funded Ra...

Gessen and Ragona say Russian media reports of Korn's departure from RFE/RL are nothing but rumors, insiders disagree

Gessen and Ragona say Russian media reports of Korn's departure from RFE/RL are nothing but rumors, insiders disagree

BBG Watch Commentary President of Radio Liberty Dismissed for Destroying Editorial Office - Russia Today, Dec. 25, 2012   Radio Liberty President Steven Korn Fired After Destroying Moscow Editorial Team – ITAR-TASS, Dec. 25, 2012   President of Radio Liberty Will Lose His Post After Destroying the Russian Service – F...

Steven Korn fired for destroying Russian Service of Radio Liberty, Russian media report

Steven Korn fired for destroying Russian Service of Radio Liberty, Russian media report

Russian media report that President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Steven Korn was fired by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) for destroying the Russian Service of Radio Liberty. The news of Korn’s imminent departure from RFE/RL was reported first several days ago by BBG Watch quoting well-informed sources within ...

American supporters wish Merry Christmas to Radio Liberty in Exile fired journalists

American supporters wish Merry Christmas to Radio Liberty in Exile fired journalists

MERRY CHRISTMAS RADIO LIBERTY IN EXILE   Even though the Russian Orthodox Christmas is not yet here, BBG Watch staff and other American supporters join in wishing an early Merry Christmas to all former Radio Liberty journalists and other media professionals who were unjustly fired in September 2012 by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty executives...

Korn Fired: Meltdown at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty by Judy Bachrach in World Affairs

Korn Fired: Meltdown at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 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 an article for World Affairs journal the complete disintegration of the taxpayer-funded Radio Liberty. In addition to reporting that RFE/RL president and CEO had been ...

Helsinki human rights leaders appeal to Lech Walesa for help in defending RFE/RL employees

Helsinki human rights leaders appeal to Lech Walesa for help in defending RFE/RL employees

Media in Russia are reporting that leaders of Helsinki human rights groups in Russia and the Czech Republic have appealed to former Solidarity labor union leader and Poland’s former president Lech Walesa to help them defend the rights of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) journalists who had been fired in Moscow on orders of RFE/RL pres...

Freedom House President refutes statements from RFE/RL officials

Freedom House President refutes statements from RFE/RL officials

BBG Watch Commentary “Not only have I not changed my views on how bad the situation is at RFE/RL, I came away from the BBG panel more worried than I went in and more convinced than ever that it needs radical change at the top.” – Freedom House President David Kramer U.S. officials and American NGO heads are refuting statements fro...

Korn gets to leave with honor, Radio Liberty in Exile photo

Korn gets to leave with honor, Radio Liberty in Exile photo

BBG Watch Commentary In the world of U.S. international broadcasting, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), not everyone is treated equally. Journalists, especially if they are foreign-born and based in Moscow or Prague, can be fired without any warning or any prior explanation within a few hours. ...

Russian and international media on Radio Liberty crisis, Dec. 20, 2012

Russian and international media on Radio Liberty crisis, Dec. 20, 2012

RFE/RL President Steven Korn assured BBG members last September that the controversy over his mass firing of Radio Liberty journalists in Moscow will blow over in a week or two. Our far form complete list of Russian and international media reports on the Radio Liberty crisis had: 56 articles for September, 45 articles for October, 54 articles for N...

Fired Radio Liberty Internet team and its young reporter Elena Vlasenko receive Sakharov journalism prize

Fired Radio Liberty Internet team and its young reporter Elena Vlasenko receive Sakharov journalism prize

BBG Watch Commentary Radio Liberty Internet team fired last September by American executives of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) received last Saturday in Moscow a prestigious Sakharov human rights journalism prize along with its star young reporter and web editor Elena Vlasenko who had resigned from RFE/RL in protest against the dismissal ...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Russia Reviewed

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Russia Reviewed

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost - Russia Reviewed  by The Federalist  (Special to BBG Watch to mark over 900,000 hits on bbgwatch.com since its launch in Sept. 2011)   Broadcasting Board of Governors/International Broadcasting Bureau (BBG/IBB) press releases:  always a bountiful source of informa...

Gessen's attacks on Radio Liberty's American supporters bring more negative Russian media coverage

Gessen's attacks on Radio Liberty's American supporters bring more negative Russian media coverage

BBG Watch Commentary Recent attacks in Russian by Masha Gessen, the new head of Radio Liberty’s Russian Service, on leaders of American human rights NGOs backfired by generating more negative media coverage in Russia about her role at the U.S. government-funded news station and the role its other American executives, particularly Radio Free E...

BBG member counters Masha Gessen's spin on Radio Liberty in Russian media

BBG member counters Masha Gessen's spin on Radio Liberty in Russian media

BBG Watch Commentary It used to be the job of the director of Radio Liberty’s Russian Service to counter Soviet and later Putin’s spin designed to confuse and deceive media consumers. But dozens of Radio Liberty journalists who had done that were fired without any warning last September on orders of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/...

RFE/RL executives claim strong BBG support, ignore reports of Steven Korn's imminent departure

RFE/RL executives claim strong BBG support, ignore reports of Steven Korn's imminent departure

BBG Watch Commentary A recording believed to have been made at a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) senior staff meeting Monday in Prague, Czech Republic, shows confident RFE/RL top executives who give no indication of knowing that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) had asked their president and CEO Steven Korn to resign within 45 days...

BBG Governor Victor Ashe challenges claims by Masha Gessen about Radio Liberty

BBG Governor Victor Ashe challenges claims by Masha Gessen about Radio Liberty

BBG Watch Commentary Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Ambassador Victor Ashe, the U.S. federal agency which funds and oversees Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), said that Masha Gessen’s claims made to the Russian media about the BBG and Radio Liberty’s Russian Service are “stunning” and “tota...

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