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Al Jazeera, Russia Today, U.S. International Broadcasting — which will be “A Voice of the Voiceless”?

BBG Watch Commentary Two media articles caught our eye this weekend. “Al Jazeera America Pitches Cable On Plan To Become A ‘Voice Of The Voiceless’” by By DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor, Deadline, June 14, 2013, and Digital Innovations Help Deliver …

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VOA and IBB bureacrats fail to notice Voice of America Turkey coverage

BBG Watch Commentary [caption id="attachment_22585" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Vandalized TV van on Taksim Square with an anti-NTV sign"][/caption] The public relations staff at the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and the

Coward Media

Commentary by Ted Lipien [caption id="attachment_22583" align="alignnone" width="512" caption="Coward Media"][/caption] Istanbul, June 8, 2013. Protest signs on Taksim Square in Istanbul say "Coward Media." The very few acts of

Dissidents and U.S. broadcasting officials honored as champions of free speech

This report is from the independent Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB - cusib.org). CUSIB's Executive Director Ann Noonan has spoken at recent Broadcasting Board

Unaccountable bureaucrats

The union representing Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) federal employees posted a commentary on the agency's unaccountable bureacracy. Most of BBG's top bureaucrats work at the International Broadcasting

U.S. International Broadcasting and Public Diplomacy Should Be Bipartisan – Helle Dale, Heritage Foundation

BBG Watch Commentary [caption id="attachment_11460" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Helle Dale"][/caption] Helle Dale, a Heritage Foundation expert on public diplomacy, wrote that "the news that the White House has sought to

Award-winning Czech filmmaker to do a documentary on discrimination of RFE/RL foreign employees

BBG Watch Commentary Anna Karapetian, a journalist from Armenia fired by RFE/RL without a right to appeal. This report and commentary was sent to BBG Watch from Prague by

The culture of intimidation at IBB

BBG Watch Commentary The union representing Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employees responded to an attack on the union and BBG member Ambassador Victor Ashe posted online by

Questions from Chicago Sun-Times may have led to Michael Lynton’s resignation from BBG

BBG Watch Commentary [caption id="attachment_13087" align="alignleft" width="140" caption="Michael Lynton"][/caption] Since last year, BBG Watch has been reporting on Michael Lynton's absence from BBG meetings, but it may have been

What’s behind resignation of BBG’s Michael Lynton

BBG Watch Commentary The resignation of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Interim Presiding Governor Michael Lynton was long overdue. Lynton has been AWOL from engaging in BBG business

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable – Penny’s Folly

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost - Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable - Penny’s Folly

by The Federalist Our Memorial Day holiday weekend began in

Michael Lynton: absentee BBG Governor with business interests in Russia resigns

BBG Watch Commentary [caption id="attachment_13087" align="alignleft" width="140" caption="Michael Lynton"][/caption] The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Interim Presiding Governor Michael Lynton who has missed every BBG board meeting since January

VOA manager claims there is no retaliation against employees, only perceptions of retaliation

The union representing the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employees commented on a recent statement by a top Voice of America (VOA) manager who asserted that there

Broadcasting Board of Governors Information War Lost – Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable – The Gloom: Deep and Morose

Broadcasting Board of Governors Information War Lost - Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable - The Gloom: Deep and Morose

by The Federalist       Members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)

CUSIB asks McConnell to keep Ashe as BBG member

In a letter to Senator Mitch McConnell, the independent and nonpartisan Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB - cusib.org) asked the Senate Minority Leader to retain Governor

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