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Jeff Shell
Jeff Shell

Should the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) federal agency in charge of U.S. information outreach abroad get more money first or be reformed first?

BBG Chairman Jeff Shell and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) disagree.

“There’s no question we’re badly underfunded and don’t have enough money to compete with our adversaries,” Jeff Shell, chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, told The Washington Times.

“Rep. Edward R. Royce, California Republican and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the entity’s flagship news operations lack a clear focus. He told The Times in a recent interview that the board’s management structure of nine part-time, White House-appointed members who meet once a month is bloated and disorganized.”

“U.S. needs more money for more soft power outreach abroad, but Congress and the president must first reform Broadcasting Board of Governors,” media freedom advocate and former Voice of America (VOA) acting associate director Ted Lipien wrote in a Digital Journal op-ed.


READ MORE: Russian, Chinese propaganda muffling U.S. government’s message to world, By Guy Taylor – The Washington Times – Sunday, January 3, 2016


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READ MORE: Op-Ed: Reform needed for U.S. soft power to work, Ted Lipien, Digital Journal, January 2, 2016

Disclaimer: Ted Lipien is one of the co-founders and supporters of BBG Watch.