Michael Lynton, Don’t Silence the Voice of America Tibetan Radio

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a US federal agency in charge of taxpayer-funded US international broadcasts, wants to end Voice of America (VOA) radio news program to Tibet, Vietnam and Laos — all three nations ruled by repressive communist regimes. The Board also wants to close down the VOA Cantonese Service with its radio, television, and Internet news programs to China.

The BBG plans to drastically reduce other programs, including English and Spanish-language Voice of America international news reporting and news from the United States. At the same time the BBG is building up its bureaucratic arm, the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB), giving its executives large bonuses despite their official Office Personnel Management (OPM) rating as the worst leaders and managers in the federal government.

The BBG is destroying America’s strategic information outreach to the world to feed its own bureaucracy. Michael Lynton serves as the BBG’s interim presiding governor.

Tell Michael Lynton to pay attention to the Tibetans who self-immolate to shock the conscience of the world.

Shock Michael Lynton’s conscience by signing our petition.

Tell Michael Lynton to save Voice of America radio broadcasts to Tibet, radio, TV, and Internet programs in Cantonese to China, and other American broadcasts and information programs to the world.

Tell Michael Lynton to stop taxpayers’ wasting money on the International Broadcasting Bureau bureaucracy and their big contractors while people in Tibet, China, Vietnam, Laos and around the world want news, hope and support from America.

Michael Lynton is the Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. He is the former CEO of AOL Europe and Chairman and CEO of Pearson plc’s Penguin Group.

Mr. Lynton is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Rand Corporation.

He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School and is proficient in French, German and Dutch.

Lynton was named the BBG’s interim presiding governor following the departure of Chairman Walter Isaacson in February, 2012. He also serves as a member of the Governance Committee

Lynton was appointed to the board on July 2, 2010 to a term expiring on August 13, 2012. By law, any member whose term has expired may serve until a successor has been appointed and qualified.

The Broadcasting Board Governors (BBG) became the independent entity responsible for all U.S. Government and government-sponsored, non-military, international broadcasting on October 1, 1999.  With enactment of the 1998 Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act (Public Law 105-277), the BBG assumed authority for the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and its broadcasting services – the Voice of America (VOA) and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB).  The Board also oversees three grantee organizations, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN).

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