New Broadcasting Board of Governors President/CEO John Lansing will meet those governors Oct. 8 when the board meets at the headquarters of BBC's Middle East networks in Springfield, Va.
It is the first meeting since Lansing, who joined BBG in August. He had headed CTAM since taking over for the retiring Char Beales in 2013. Before that he was the president of Scripps Networks.
In a conversation with Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel, Lansing is scheduled to outline his "thoughts and plans" for the agency, according to BBG.
BBG is the independent federal agency that oversees U.S. international media in 61 languages reaching 215 million. Those include Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and Radio and TV Marti.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."