Confusion reigns: Does the Broadcasting Board of Governors exist, or not?

Wednesday, January 25th 2017

Last month President Obama signed a law abolishing the Broadcasting Board of Governors; see for example

Yet today the (perhaps nonexistent) BBG named a new chairman; see

As President Obama noted when he signed the bill into law last month, Constitutional barriers may prevent Congress abolishing BBG. But he signed the bill anyway. And now?

Or is all of this moot in the new Trump administration?

Stay tuned.






Adam Clayton Powell III

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Adam Clayton Powell III is Director, Washington Programs for the University of Southern California's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and directs the Center's Internet of Things (IoT) Emergency Response Initiative. He is also University Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy authors name for more info

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