Lansing: Russian Offering Is a Model for BBG
Cites enhanced cooperation among member networks
The CEO of the Broadcasting
Board of Governors says its new Russian-language digital network “is the model
of what is to come in the future of U.S. international media.”
Lansing writes in a blog post that the video and social network called Current
Time aims to provide “accurate, professional, independent and unbiased news to
Russian-speakers in and around Russia, and around the world.” He called it “independent
journalism for those looking to broaden their choices in a media space where
Kremlin-controlled disinformation is endemic and growing.”
network launched officially in February after a soft start last October; it is produced
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty with contributions from Voice of America.
“Current Time serves
as a model for how BBG networks can operate,” Lansing blogged, “with enhanced
cooperation, to maximize the agility, efficiency and impact of the BBG networks
and to effectively address the rapidly evolving global media environment. It is
also a reflection of our core beliefs that accurate, independent, fact-based
reporting is the best defense against propaganda.” (Read the
oversees the U.S.-funded international broadcasting and media networks Voice of
America, RFE/RL, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Networks/Alhurra TV
and Radio Sawa; and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting/Radio and TV Martí. The board is in the midst of
a five-year plan; its priorities included targeting
resources to cover key regions of strategic interest, “aggressively” continuing
a shift to digital platforms and increasing cooperation among its networks.
Lansing joined in 2015 as its first CEO.
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