Glassman Takes Helm at BBG

James Glassman has been sworn in as fourth chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
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James Glassman has been sworn in as fourth chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

He takes over from the controversial Kenneth Tomlinson, who was chairman since 2002; he will serve the remainder of Tomlinson’s three-year term plus a full three-year term that ends in 2010. The BBG supervises U.S. government-supported, non-military broadcasting.

Glassman, a familiar name in journalism and publishing circles, is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute think tank and is editor-in-chief of The American, a magazine published by AEI.

He’s former president of The Atlantic Monthly Co., publisher of The New Republic, executive vice president of U.S. News & World Report, and editor-in-chief and co-owner of Roll Call. He was an investing columnist for the Washington Post for a decade as well as an op-ed columnist for part of that time; he has hosted talk and debate programs on CNN and PBS.

Last year, the State Department found that Tomlinson had used his government office for personal business and improperly awarded a contract to a friend. Tomlinson asked President Bush this year not to renominate him.

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