As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 275 million people around the world each week via radio, television and online media. Read More

Looking Ahead to U.S. International Broadcasting in 2021

President-elect Biden has taken a promising first step to ensure that the five networks uphold that reputation by naming former Under Secretary of State Richard Stengel and Time Magazine columnist as director of a Biden transition team for international broadcasting and other foreign policy assets. America’s five U.S. overseas government multimedia networks face a crucial…

America’s Presidential Transition: Quick Action Needed after Vice President Joe Biden’s decisive electoral win

A record number of U.S. voters cast ballots in the November 3 Presidential election, more than 150 million people. The latest electoral votes are reported as 306 for former vice president Biden and 232 electoral votes for President Trump. Some recounts are still underway, but most U. S. historians say that Joseph R. Biden will…

America’s Publicly-Funded Overseas Networks: An Unrelenting Crisis

The threat to the five international multimedia U.S. networks, at times, seems unrelenting. These networks are a key public diplomacy aspect of the nation’s outreach to at least 100 countries around the world.  Herewith, a summary of the ongoing debate about prospects for their future. In an editorial on October 28, the Washington Post headline…

Covid-19: a Universal Tragedy

President Trump’s battle with coronavirus and its spread to several of his top aides have dominated global media since the news broke October 1 that the president had contracted the disease.  The President is one of more than 35 million persons around the world confirmed to have contracted the disease according to the World Health…

U.S. International Broadcasting: a Crisis in Leadership?

The House Foreign Affairs Committee summoned Michael Pack, the CEO of five publicly-funded overseas networks, to be the principal figure at a long-scheduled hearing September 24.  The problem was: Mr. Pack, though under subpoena after resisting the invitation, never showed up. The main issue:  Mr. Pack’s nearly four-month leadership of the Voice of America, Radio…