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Broadcasting Board to Hold Public Meeting

BBG also names director of communications

The Broadcasting Board of Governors will conduct a public meeting on Friday, June 3, at its headquarters in Washington.

The agency oversees U.S. government non-military, international broadcasting. The BBG says it plans to provide updates on activities over the past year, answer questions from the public and announce winners of the Burke Award given to BBG journalists who exemplify courage, integrity and originality.

The meeting also will be viewable via webcast through the BBG website.

Registration is required for entry, and is available online. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. but attendees are encouraged to arrive by 8:30 to allow time to check in with security. Photo identification is required.

Chairman Walter Isaacson said in a statement that BBG is working to “enact major reform of international broadcasting for the 21st century.”

That comment came in the separate announcement of Diane Zeleny as the board’s director of communications and external relations. She’d been director of communications at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

“Zeleny will act as the board’s primary strategist on communications and outreach activities, and as the board’s chief advisor for congressional and external relations,” according to a statement. She will advise the board on its communications strategy and coordinate communications operations of its networks including VOA, RFE, RFA, MBN, and OCB.

Before joining RFE in 2007, she was with the Department of State. She has worked at NATO headquarters and at the U.S. Embassy Paris and at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

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