Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Congress considers measure to abolish Broadcasting Board of Governors and VOA, and combine RFE/RL, RFA and MBN

publicdiplomacycouncil.org; see also.

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Friday, May 20th 2016
BBG would be abolished, its CEO would become a Presidential appointee and all U.S. international broadcasting would be consolidated into two entities – a VOA-like “nonprofit” and everything else – under a measure introduced in Congress this week.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and Middle East Broadcasting would all be merged into “ a single, consolidated, private, non-profit corporation“ and relocated in a new “Global Engagement Center” whose function would be “to counter propaganda and disinformation directed at United States allies and partners” [(b)(3)] and  “in coordination with the Secretary of Defense.”[(a)(3)]
Voice of America would be abolished and its functions would be moved to a “new independent grantee organization, as a private non-profit organization to carry out all broadcasting and related programs currently performed by the Voice of America.”
The full text of the measure can be found at http://amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/GECv3517161723182318.pdf
Author: Adam Powell

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