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BBG Board Welcomes New CEO

VOA expands social media engagement

New BBG CEO Andy Lack speaks at the Feb. 18 Broadcasting Board of Governors meeting.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors welcomed new CEO and director Andy Lack at its February meeting. The BBG is an independent federal agency supervising U.S. overseas civilian broadcasting.

Lack began his new gig last month.

BBG Board Chairman Jeffrey Shell characterized Lack as an “icon” in the news business “who understands the essence of what we do — content.” Shell also welcomed Ambassador Karen Kornbluh to her first BBG meeting’ she replaces Governor Michael Meehan on the board.

Among other items, the VOA noted its activities over the past year. VOA Director David Ensor, along with journalists from the Kurdish, Persian, Spanish, Ukrainian, and English services as well as digital media, demonstrated how the network is expanding social media engagement and mobile distribution, responding to information crises in West Africa, Ukraine and Russia, along with expanding its affiliate model in Latin America and elsewhere.