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Board running VOA, RFE is condemned in hard-hitting probe

posted Jan 21, 2013, 11:46 AM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Jan 21, 2013, 11:48 AM ]
 
By James Warren / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, January 20, 2013, 9:53 AM


The White House-appointed board overseeing government-funded broadcasts to 100 countries is a dysfunctional mess beset by “acute internal dissension” revolving around a longtime friend of former President George W. Bush, according to a new inspector general’s report obtained by the Daily News.

The damning investigation skewers the Board of Broadcast Governors, which oversees the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty and other broadcast entities that together employ 3,500 people and reach 190 million people worldwide each week at a cost to taxpayers of $750 million a year.
 
The inspector general says the board is hobbled by chronic absenteeism, vacancies that have gone unfilled, outright conflicts of interest and “a degree of hostility that renders its deliberative process ineffectual.”


 


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