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Former U.S. Senator Norman Coleman among potential Republican candidates for BBG

Former U.S. Senator Norman Coleman among potential Republican candidates for BBG

BBG Watch has learned that unconfirmed reports list former U.S. Senator Norman Coleman is one of the potential candidates to fill a vacant Republican position on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). President Obama has already nominated Jeffrey Shell, President of NBCUniversal International, to be one of BBG’s Democratic members and the...

BBG members and IBB Director Lobo meet with Secretary of State Clinton

BBG members and IBB Director Lobo meet with Secretary of State Clinton

The official Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) announcement on today’s meeting of BBG members and International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) Director Richard Lobo with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton resembles Soviet Communist Party Central Committee statements — one must read between the lines to guess what it all means. Our live r...

BBG open meeting just started, CEO decision announced, Perino again missing

BBG open meeting just started, CEO decision announced, Perino again missing

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) open meeting has just started and can be viewed live online. BBG Governor Dana Perino has again, possibly for the tenth time, missed the meeting. The meeting is presided by Governor Mulhaupt with Governor Mulhaupt being present as well. The BBG Governors had met earlier with Secretary of State Hillary Clint...

Senior BBG staff keeping employees in the dark about cuts

Senior BBG staff keeping employees in the dark about cuts

The following commentary has just been posted on the AFGE Local 1812 union website which represents hundreds of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) federal employees. Link to the AFGE Local 1812 commentary. “Is the BBG Secretly Planning to Shutdown VOA? AFGE Local 1812 has been hearing credible reports that the senior staff of the BBG i...

BBG staff tries to rebuff critics on grantee consolidation plan

BBG staff tries to rebuff critics on grantee consolidation plan

Senior executive staffers at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) have launched an all-out attack on critics of their grantee consolidation plan with a new expensive study from Deloitte which rebuffs arguments against the merger. Deloitte has an obvious conflict of interest in this matter since it is likely to receive more money from the BBG t...

Obama to nominate Jeffrey Shell as BBG Chairman

Obama to nominate Jeffrey Shell as BBG Chairman

President Obama says he intends to nominate Jeffrey Shell as Member and Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The White House made the announcement on Wednesday, but it has not yet appeared on the official BBG website — bbg.gov. Comcast has the following bio information for Jeffrey Shell: “Jeff Shell is President, NBCUn...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – The Board Meets With Secretary Clinton

Broadcasting Board of Governors – The Board Meets With Secretary Clinton

Broadcasting Board of Governors – The Board Meets With Secretary Clinton   by The Federalist     This week, members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) meet with Secretary of State Clinton.  As reported by BBG Watch, sources indicate that consolidation and de-Federalization of the Voice of America (VOA) will be tw...

Broadcasting Board of Governors members to meet with Secretary of State Clinton amid doubts about their leadership

Broadcasting Board of Governors members to meet with Secretary of State Clinton amid doubts about their leadership

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that members of the bipartisan Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), who oversee U.S. international broadcasting including the Voice of America (VOA), are scheduled to meet in Washington with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next Thursday amid reports that the BBG’s five-year strategic plans is in...

BBG is structural mess, says former chair Glassman, but are his proposals any better?

BBG is structural mess, says former chair Glassman, but are his proposals any better?

BBG Watch Commentary Examiner.com and Gov.Exec.com have reported a comment from the former Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) chairman James Glassman that BBG, which runs the Voice of America (VOA) and other U.S. international broadcasting operations, is a structural mess. As BBG chairman during the George W. Bush Administration, Glassman was re...

Without substantive change, Broadcasting Board of Governors Governance Committee may soon be smelling mismanagement under a different name

Without substantive change, Broadcasting Board of Governors Governance Committee may soon be smelling mismanagement under a different name

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Governance Committee, scheduled to meet on September 13, will discuss, among other things, the controversial proposal to consolidate the so-called grantee broadcasters: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), and Middle East Broadcasti...

PARAZIT

PARAZIT

The popular satirical Voice of America (VOA) television program to Iran PARAZIT has been off the air for nine months, but top managers at VOA, its parent agency the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) failed to mention this fact to members of their bipartisan Board and kept issuing press releases im...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: End of Summer No End to the Nightmare

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: End of Summer No End to the Nightmare

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost: End of Summer No End to the Nightmare  by The Federalist For the employees inside the Cohen Building contending with the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and its International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB)  or BBG/IBB, the nightmare continues to roll, even as the summer of...

Working under BBG management is no Labor Day picnic for employees – The Czech Helsinki Committee condemns human rights violations at Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

Working under BBG management is no Labor Day picnic for employees – The Czech Helsinki Committee condemns human rights violations at Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

BBG Watch Commentary   How can the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) proclaim with a straight face that its Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Voice of America (VOA) broadcasts are designed to help Iranian workers and their independent labor unions as they did for the Polish Solidarity trade movement during the Cold War? On the A...

BBG's 50 million dollar contract with Gallup gets more  scrutiny

BBG's 50 million dollar contract with Gallup gets more scrutiny

Dr. Helle Dale of the Heritage Foundation described the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) audience research contract with The Gallup Organization as “an example of government waste and bad planning.” “The exorbitantly expensive Gallup Organization contract with the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)—is finally coming...

Broadcasting Board of Governors committee to discuss controversial Gallup contract

Broadcasting Board of Governors committee to discuss controversial Gallup contract

The controversial 50 million dollar audience research contract between the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and The Gallup Organization will be discussed on Tuesday by the BBG Strategy and Budget Committee. The move comes after the U.S. Department of Justice joined a suit accusing Gallup of overcharging other U.S. government agencies for simil...

BBG Watch reporting on Voice of America 'Parazit' program to Iran enters mainstream media

BBG Watch reporting on Voice of America 'Parazit' program to Iran enters mainstream media

Last week BBG Watch — www.bbgwatch.com, an independent website run by former and current Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employees and their supporters — had an exclusive report that Broadcasting Board of Governors members were appalled to learn for the first time that the highly popular Voice of America (VOA) satirical television...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War with Iran Lost

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War with Iran Lost

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War with Iran Lost A commentary by The Federalist         “The integrity of any organization depends on the character and honesty of its employees and especially its leaders.” (From a John F. Hein article on the  FedSmith.com website, August 23, 2012)   The U.S. Congre...

BBG Governor Victor Ashe calls for Broadcasting Board of Governors to disengage from 50 million dollar contract with Gallup

BBG Governor Victor Ashe calls for Broadcasting Board of Governors to disengage from 50 million dollar contract with Gallup

Ambassador Victor Ashe, a Republican member of the bipartisan Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), has called for the U.S. international broadcasting agency to disengage from the 50 million dollar audience research contract with The Gallup Organization. Ashe made the statement in response to the Justice Department’s decision to join a lawsu...

Anonymous employee's message to RFE/RL President Korn – treat your staff as professionals

Anonymous employee's message to RFE/RL President Korn – treat your staff as professionals

This message was sent to BBG Watch by an Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) journalist who wants to remain anonymous. Writing under the pen name of Jan Palach, the journalist asserts that RFE/RL employees work in the environment of fear. RFE/RL President Steven Korn replaced professional journalists in senior management positions with non-jou...

Ending the Ponzi Scheme at the Voice of America

Ending the Ponzi Scheme at the Voice of America

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employee union AFGE Local 1812 has posted on its website another article about mismanagement at the agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting. Ending the Ponzi Scheme The popular Voice of America (VOA) satirical television program “Parazit”, which was broadcast to Iran, has been off the air for th...

Broadcasting Board of Governors emails document VOA executive's move against independent reporter

Broadcasting Board of Governors emails document VOA executive's move against independent reporter

BBG Watch Commentary Internal Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) emails posted online by Inner City Press reporter Matthew Russell Lee show that Voice of America (VOA) Executive Editor Steve Redisch, who tried to get a United Nations official to “review” the press accreditation of the United Nations-based independent reporter because...

BBG members kept in the dark about Voice of America satirical TV show to Iran being off the air for nine months

BBG members kept in the dark about Voice of America satirical TV show to Iran being off the air for nine months

BBG Watch Commentary Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) members were reportedly appalled to learn last week for the first time that the highly popular Voice of America (VOA) satirical television program “Parazit,” which was broadcast to Iran, has been off the air for the last nine months. Sources told BBG Watch that the BBG senior st...

Broadcasting Board of Governors employees post devastating condemnation of top management

Broadcasting Board of Governors employees post devastating condemnation of top management

BBG Watch Commentary In a devastating expose of mismanagement at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and its flagship broadcaster the Voice of America (VOA), AFGE Local 1812, the union representing BBG’s government employees has accused the agency’s top management of deceiving the American public and the U.S. Congress and playing ...

Broadcasting Board of Governors Managers Rated Some of the Worst in Federal Government

Broadcasting Board of Governors Managers Rated Some of the Worst in Federal Government

Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) executives are some of the worst managers in the entire federal government according to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. This conclusion is reflected in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government study, which places the BBG the last among federal agencies in Strateg...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Shorts

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Shorts

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Shorts by The Federalist Well, it is August after all and even the Federalist needs some vacation time. The Broadcasting Board of Governors and its International Broadcasting Bureau (BBG/IBB) is the non-stop gift that keeps on giving – when it comes to one misstep after another. In turn, this means we have pl...

ODDI Oddities – Broadcasting Board of Governors Job Guaranteed for Life?

ODDI Oddities – Broadcasting Board of Governors Job Guaranteed for Life?

ODDI ODDITIES A BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS JOB GUARANTEED FOR LIFE?   Recently, a curious job announcement was posted on the Broadcasting Board of Governors Innovation Series blog (a site with practically no comments) advertising a hot new position in the new ODDI Division – BBG’s Office of Digital & Design Innovation.&nb...

Congress Speaks But Nobody Listens at the Broadcasting Board of Governors

Congress Speaks But Nobody Listens at the Broadcasting Board of Governors

“Voice of America (VOA) Worldwide English radio, which, at one time broadcast live 24 hours a day to the world in 1999, will be reduced to providing 1.5 hours of live programming a day.”   This commentary from a journalist employed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) explains how BBG executives have for years defied the wi...

Broadcasting Board of Governors to hold a closed meeting to review staff's budget recommendations

Broadcasting Board of Governors to hold a closed meeting to review staff's budget recommendations

According to the announcement, which has been posted but does not appear on the home page of the BBG’s official website, the members will meet in a special session to receive and consider staff recommendations regarding the agency’s FY 2014 budget proposal. The meeting will be conducted telephonically. Open BBG meetings can be viewed online. ...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – two silly ideas that went nowhere

Broadcasting Board of Governors – two silly ideas that went nowhere

It seems that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) staff has been quite busy up on the “Hill” — with the proposed CEO legislation and the repeal of the Smith-Mundt Act. Neither went anywhere. Word on the street is that  the excuses are “Congress loves the ideas but this is not the right time.”  When woul...

Broadcasting Board of Governors builds a costly mousetrap that doesn't work

Broadcasting Board of Governors builds a costly mousetrap that doesn't work

BBG Watch Commentary   New media innovators at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)  built their “Weapons of Mouse Destruction” as “the largest participatory art project against government Internet censorship that has ever been launched.” But the mousetrap that was supposed to drive fear into the hearts of Ira...

Broadcasting Board of Governors Being Unnoticed

Broadcasting Board of Governors Being Unnoticed

Broadcasting Board of Governors Being Unnoticed A commentary by The Federalist You know where we’re coming from: we are not part of the fan club for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), its International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and their “flim flam strategic plan.” We see it as taking the United States Government out of th...

Question for IBB Director Lobo's "Viewpoint" blog: what will you do about VOA request to deny UN press accreditation to American journalist?

Question for IBB Director Lobo's "Viewpoint" blog: what will you do about VOA request to deny UN press accreditation to American journalist?

BBG Watch Commentary The International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) Director Richard Lobo has launched his own blog: “Viewpoint. Dick Lobo on international media. The funny thing about this blog by the presidentially-appointed administrator of the agency — the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) — that claims to support and encoura...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Messages

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Messages

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Messages by The Federalist David Ensor, the Voice of America (VOA) director, made another swing through the Newsroom on Thursday, July 19 with a small entourage of other senior agency officials. Let’s examine some of the remarks coming out of that meeting. One of the first things Ensor got to was a defe...

VOA Director Ensor does not rule out RIFs

VOA Director Ensor does not rule out RIFs

Voice of America Director David Ensor does not rule out staff reductions in Central News or English Division, although if they did occur they would not be as severe as originally planned, the AFGE Local 1812 Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employee union reported. TO RIF OR NOT TO RIF, THAT IS THE QUESTION Dateline: Washington, D.C. 07/20/12....

BBG lawyers killing time, with taxpayers footing the bill for illegal RIFs

BBG lawyers killing time, with taxpayers footing the bill for illegal RIFs

“For the Agency to keep litigating endlessly sends a terrible message to employees: that the BBG considers itself above the law and will deny U.S. citizens their rights, using taxpayers’ own money.” — AFGE Local 1812 The AFGE Local 1812 Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employee union website reports on the efforts of BB...

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