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BBG to Meet in Prague June 6

First meeting since Wimbush resigned

A resolution about limiting spending on travel and conferences is among agenda items for the next meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees U.S. government-supported civilian international broadcasting.

Prague will be the setting for the meeting, the first since S. Enders Wimbush announced his resignation. Chairman Walter Isaacson left in January; his position is also vacant.

The board will get a budget update and hear reports from the director of the International Broadcasting Bureau and other BBG broadcast executives, according to a brief summary. It will meet Thursday, June 7 at the headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in the Czech Republic.

Not mentioned in the summary but likely to be discussed is the progress of various plans and proposals to restructure BBG. Among the proposed changes is repeal of the 1948 ban on “domestic dissemination” of content to listeners and viewers in the United States; a bill in the House would allow that change.

BBG networks include Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Martí). Michael Lynton is interim presiding governor; the board currently includes Victor Ashe, Susan McCue, Michael Meehan, Dennis Mulhaupt, Dana Perino and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

BBG Seeks to Realign Its Structures & Finances (March 2012)