Bannon ally reported as leading candidate to run U.S. international broadcasting
Thursday, June 1st 2017
Michael Pack, President and CEO of the Claremont Institute, was reported today to be the leading candidate to run U.S. international broadcasting, succeeding John Lansing, the current CEO.
The report, in Politico, comes after weeks of rumors that Pack was favored for the post by the White House. See today’s Politico report at http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/01/michael-pack-candidate-broadcasting-board-of-governors-239022
Pack has been an admirer of White House advisor Steve Bannon. See, for example, Pack’s article on Bannon at https://thefederalist.com/2017/03/10/will-steve-bannon-help-break-lefts-monopoly-documentaries/
Pack – or any other successor to Lansing – would need to be nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate.
Under a change in the law approved by Congress and signed into law last December by President Obama, the CEO has broad authority to coordinate all U.S. international broadcasting, including the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Network and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting.
In addition, the legislation reduced the role of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, changing it into an advisory body.