BBG Watch Commentary
BBG Media Highlights sent out to subscribers by email and posted online by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) include today two media articles that make the BBG’s management bureaucracy, the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and senior Voice of America (VOA), look especially bad. The New York Times reports on the bipartisan bill to reform the BBG and The Miami Herald reports on a court case won by Radio and TV Marti journalists who were illegally fired and then kept from getting their jobs back by IBB executives and lawyers.
BBG Media Highlights are compiled and distributed by IIB staff. The BBG board has recently installed a new three-person management team in an effort to reform the IBB, but some IBB executives responsible for the scandals described in these media articles still occupy key management positions. This applies to senior VOA executives as well.
Including these critical media report in BBG Media Highlights — a practice not followed before — may be putting pressure on agency executives responsible for numerous management crises and mishaps.
Other items in BBG Media Highlights show, however, that even under exceptionally bad management, BBG journalists are doing outstanding work. BBG’s surrogate media outlets, such as Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Radio Free Asia (RFA), have been less affected by mismanagement at the federal government level in Washington. These entities are semi-private and are better managed.
See: New York Times discusses the “intense debate” regarding proposed U.S. international media restructuring.
See: The Miami Herald on the OCB court ruling.
BBG Media Highlights – May 21, 2014