Finally: President Obama names his nominees for Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Posted: 20 Nov 2009   Print   Send a link
President Obama has announced his intention to nominate a chairman and seven members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, replacing the four remaining Governors. Walter Isaacson, designated nominee for chairman, "is President of the Aspen Institute and serves as chair of the board of Teach for America. He is the former Chairman and CEO of CNN and former editor of Time Magazine."
     As other Democratic members of the BBG: "Michael Lynton is the Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. He is the former CEO of AOL Europe and Chairman and CEO of Pearson plc's Penguin Group." "Susan McCue is President of Message Global, a strategic advocacy firm she founded in 2008 for social action campaigns. She was the founding President and CEO of The ONE Campaign to combat extreme global poverty, and before that was Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from 1999 to 2006." "Michael P. Meehan currently serves as President of Blue Line Strategic Communications, Inc. and as Senior Vice President at Virilion, a digital media company. For over two decades, Meehan served in senior roles for U.S. Senators John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, two presidential campaigns, two U.S. House offices and congressional campaigns in 25 states." The White House, 18 November 2009.
     Nominated as Republican members of the BBG: "Victor H. Ashe recently served as United States Ambassador to Poland from June 2004 to October 2009. He also previously served as a Tennessee State Representative and was the longest serving Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee." "Dennis Mulhaupt is founder and managing director of Commonwealth Partners, Inc., providing advisory services to philanthropic institutions and families. He previously served as Executive Vice President at KCET in Los Angeles, a west-coast flagship public broadcasting and media company." "Dana Perino is the Chief Issues Counselor for the United States at Burson-Marsteller and is a Fox News Contributor. She is the former White House Press Secretary to President George W. Bush - the first Republican woman to hold that position." "S. Enders Wimbush is the Senior Vice President for International Programs and Policy at the Hudson Institute. He previously worked in the private sector with Booz Allen Hamilton and Science Applications International Corporation, and served as director of Radio Liberty in Munich." The White House, 18 November 2009.
     For the most part, these future senior managers of US international broadcasting have no experience in international broadcasting. We assume they are quick studies. If they understand that the audience for international broadcasting is seeking credible news, and if they, as the firewall, protect the independence of that news, US international broadcasting can succeed. If they think that US international broadcasting is a conveyance for messages supporting US foreign policies, and assume that an audience will listen to, let alone be swayed by, such messages, US international broadcasting will fail.
     The years that the nominees' term will end are listed at The White House, 19 November 2009. The BBG members' terms are staggered so that no one president names all the members at one time. It didn't work this time, due to delays, for various reasons, in replacing the present members of the Board.
     "[S]he’s been quite a vocal critic of the current White House. But he nominated her anyway. President Barack Obama nominated his predecessor’s press secretary, Dana Perino, to the bipartisan Broadcasting Board of Governors. We asked Perino about it, and she told us that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell put her name forward for the position. 'I was honored that Senator McConnell recommended me, and humbled when I found out it was accepted. I look forward to meeting the senators and to hopefully earning their support for confirmation.'" Tabassum Zakaria, Front Row Washington blog, Reuters, 19 November 2009. See also The Hill, 18 November 2009, and (another) The Hill, 18 November 2009.