Government Broadcasting,  Public Diplomacy

Progress on the Broadcasting Board of Governors

On March 23, 2010, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take up the business of confirming six of the eight nominees for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, including Walter Isaacson as Chairman of the Board. These six are:

  1. Walter Isaacson to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2012; also confirming Walter Isaacson to be Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governor
  2. Dennis Mulhaupt to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2011
  3. Victor H. Ashe to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2010
  4. Michael Lynton to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2012
  5. S. Enders Wimbush to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2010
  6. Susan McCue to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2011

Missing from this line-up are Dana Perino (Repulican) and Michael Meehan (Democrat). According to Alan Heil,

One or another Committee member is reported to have requested a hearing for Dana Perino (R) and Michael Meehan (D), the other two nominees. [T]here is an indication at the conclusion that items may yet be added to the business meeting agenda.  No dates have been set for any hearings of BBG nominees or for final confirmation of any of the nominees on the Senate floor. 

The terms of the four current members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors have long since expired. (Name, Party, Date term expired)

  • Jeffrey D. Hirschberg, (D), Aug 13, 2004
  • Joaquin Blaya (D), Aug 13, 2005
  • Blanquita Cullum (R), Aug 13, 2005
  • Steven J. Simmons (R), Aug 13, 2006

The board has been without a chairman since Jim Glassman left on June 10, 2008, to become the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Incidentally, Jim’s term expired nearly a year before he left for the State Department: Aug 13, 2007.

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