BBG Reform Bill Entails Board Reduction

We reported that a bill, H.R. 4490, the U.S. International Communications Reform Act of 2014, to reform U.S. broadcasting efforts overseas passed the House this week. It remains unclear whether the Senate will take up the measure before an upcoming recess.

If the bill becomes law, the role of the Broadcasting Board of Governors will be reduced and a new entity called the U.S. International Communications Agency would replace the much-criticized BBG. In addition, a full-time CEO will be appointed.

It would also “express the sense of Congress” that Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcast network should be merged, though those brand names would continue.

The main union representing BBG employees supports the measure.


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