House Passes VOA Reform Bill
Reduces role fo Broadcasting Board of Governors
July 29, 2014
—The House passed a bill to reform U.S. international broadcasting. It’s not clear, however, if the Senate plans to take up the issue.
The reform bill would reduce the Broadcasting Board of Governors to
an advisory role and appoint a full-time chief executive officer to run
U.S. international broadcasting like Voice of America, Radio Liberty or
Radio Marti, reports the VOA.
If the bill becomes law, VOA “would confine itself to its public
diplomacy mission, to foster positive relationships between the United
States and the rest of the world,” said Virginia Democrat Rep. Gerald
Additionally, the news service quotes some current and former VOA
news personnel as saying they agree management changes are needed, but
are worried about language in the House measure that would reduce the
scope of VOA’s coverage from world news to U.S. news and policy.
Former VOA deputy director Alan Heil says such changes would be “devastating,” according to the account.