Time to Rethink the Broadcasting Board of Governors
Recent strategic decisions by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) on Voice of America (VOA) broadcasts to China suggest that the time has come for Congress to take a serious look at the way the U.S. government manages its international broadcasting services. Congress should seriously consider replacing the BBG with a more professional broadcasting management structure or potentially giving it advisory responsibility. A $750 million corporation in the private sector could ill-afford the absence of fully engaged and accountable leadership. The five international broadcasters that the BBG oversees represent a staff of nearly 4,000 personnel and need a non-partisan, paid, full-time president and CEO with the resources and time to engage in long-term planning and implementation strategies for U.S. international broadcasting. Congress itself should also take a far more active role in oversight of this important tool of U.S. foreign policy.