Friday, July 20th 2012
Does the United States need an International Broadcasting Czar?
But if you ask if we need someone to serve as a full-time Chief Executive Officer for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), then I would say yes.
What’s the difference? A politically-appointed “czar” (which the current administration has used in several areas to supersede the traditional government hierarchy) has temporary but sweeping powers and influence. I think this would be not only unnecessary but also counter-productive. The heads of the U.S. international broadcasting entities – Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio & TV Marti, and the others – should be allowed to run their own agencies without being micro-managed by a higher boss. Any entity head who can’t be trusted to do that should be replaced with one who can.Read More