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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...

CUSIB's Tala Dowlatshahi featured in The Iranian Women in American Journalism Project (IWAJ)

CUSIB's Tala Dowlatshahi featured in The Iranian Women in American Journalism Project (IWAJ)

Republished from CUSIB website. The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – www.cusib.org) board member Tala Dowlatshahi was featured in the Foreign Policy Association‘s (FPA) Iranian Women in American Journalism Project (IWAJ). “Tala Dowlatshahi is the Senior Advisor for Reporters sans Frontières (Reporters without...

Keeping Radio Liberty Russian Service director in Moscow will make the job of Putin's secret police much easier

Keeping Radio Liberty Russian Service director in Moscow will make the job of Putin's secret police much easier

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has a new president and new senior managers, none of whom is a Russian scholar or a journalist with significant international reporting experience. Senior managers with this kind of background, whom RFE/RL president Steven Korn described as “old white guys,” have been pushed out, and the new mana...

Anonymous Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty journalist decries human rights violations at the U.S.-funded broadcaster

Anonymous Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty journalist decries human rights violations at the U.S.-funded broadcaster

Alsou Taheri is the pseudonym of a journalist working at Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Prague, a U.S. government-funded broadcasting station and Internet news provider managed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a U.S. federal agency. From Prague, RFE/RL targets 21 countries, with 18 of its 28 broadcasting languages spoken p...

BBG's defender of public service Victor Ashe honors VOA Swahili Service, gets award from Poland

BBG's defender of public service Victor Ashe honors VOA Swahili Service, gets award from Poland

BBG Watch Commentary BBG’s defender of public service Victor Ashe honors VOA Swahili Service, gets award from Poland The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member Ambassador Victor Ashe, who makes his colleagues on the U.S. international broadcasting board and the executive staff uncomfortable with calls for transparency and better managem...

July BBG board meeting cancelled due to lack of interest

July BBG board meeting cancelled due to lack of interest

BBG Watch Commentary How can anyone, particularly members of Congress, take the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) seriously when members of its bipartisan board, nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to run U.S. international broadcasting operations, simply refuse to work? BBG Watch has learned that the current seven members of...

CUSIB's Ted Lipien asks BBG to respect rights of independent journalist Matthew Russell Lee

CUSIB's Ted Lipien asks BBG to respect rights of independent journalist Matthew Russell Lee

BBG Watch Commentary The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) co-founder and former Voice of America (VOA) acting associate director Ted Lipien has written an open letter to Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) members asking them to protect First Amendment rights of Inner City Press U.N.-accredited reporter Matthew Russell Lee. T...

Free media reporter Matthew Lee encounters Voice of America's  hot-tempered former CNN corporate executive Steve Redisch

Free media reporter Matthew Lee encounters Voice of America's hot-tempered former CNN corporate executive Steve Redisch

BBG Watch Commentary You would think that Voice of America (VOA) would embrace maverick free media reporters like Matthew Russell Lee. He has exposed corruption in the U.S. banking industry, at the United Nations and in Uzbekistan and Georgia. But VOA Executive Editor Steve Redisch has accused Matthew Russell Lee of sending him annoying emails and ...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – How Do You Spell Tyranny?

Broadcasting Board of Governors – How Do You Spell Tyranny?

Broadcasting Board of Governors – How Do You Spell Tyranny? A commentary by The Federalist “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” ~ George Orwell Tyranny – that great weakness within a bureaucracy and those who manage it.  And the Broadcasting Board of Governors and its International Broadcasti...

Who is the Gadfly Reporter VOA's Steve Redisch Wants to Kick out of the U.N.?

Who is the Gadfly Reporter VOA's Steve Redisch Wants to Kick out of the U.N.?

BBG Watch Commentary His name is Matthew Russell Lee and he operates as Inner City Press. The Voice of America Executive Editor Steve Redisch has asked the U.N. to “review” Lee’s press accreditation because Mr. Lee dared to send him two or three emails asking the U.S. government official, i.e. Mr. Redisch, for help in resolving hi...

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