VOA Director Appointed

VOA Director Appointed
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News media executive Danforth Austin is the new director of the Voice of America.
He replaces David Jackson, who is returning to the private sector.
Austin was chairman and chief executive officer of Ottaway Newspapers, a community media subsidiary of Dow Jones & Co. He also held senior positions with The Wall Street Journal.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees VOA, cited Jackson as one of the longest serving directors in VOA history, having served since September of 2002.
The BBG also appointed Russell Hodge, founder of a TV programming and production firm, director of VOA Television.


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