House Passes U.S. International Broadcasting Reform

The House passed a bill to reform U.S. international broadcasting.

It’s not clear, however, if the Senate plans to take up the issue.

The reform bill would reduce the Broadcasting Board of Governors to an advisory role and appoint a full-time chief executive officer to run U.S. international broadcasting like Voice of America, Radio Liberty or Radio Marti, reports the VOA.

If the bill becomes law, VOA “would confine itself to its public diplomacy mission, to foster positive relationships between the United States and the rest of the world,” said Virginia Democrat Rep. Gerald Connolly.

Additionally, the news service quotes some current and former VOA news personnel as saying they agree management changes are needed, but are worried about language in the House measure that would reduce the scope of VOA’s coverage from world news to U.S. news and policy.

Former VOA deputy director Alan Heil says such changes would be “devastating,” according to the account.

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Thanks for your post. This is just a news brief. While we are not “all BBG all the time,” nor are we an advocacy organization like BBG Watch, we have posted numerous articles and invited critical voices on BBG reform over several years. A sampling: … … … …
By Paul McLane on 7/29/2014
Come on Radio World -- a short number of weeks ago, you finally wrote an extensive story on the BBG issue and the legislation, and now you blow this off by citing, apparently, only the VOA News version which quotes only Alan Heil, and no supporters of the legislation? Your readers would do well to go to the BBG Watch site, which has continued its excellent coverage, for a far more comprehensive report:
By Radio World Reader on 7/29/2014

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