White House installs new leadership at federally-funded international broadcasters

Source: The Hill | January 24, 2021 | John Bowden

The acting CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media named replacements for the top positions at three U.S. government-funded media organizations on Sunday as part of a shakeup at the agency instigated by President Biden’s assumption of office.

A statement from the agency said Daisy Sindelar would take over as acting head of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, while Bay Fang would take over Radio Free Asia and Kelley Sullivan would assume control of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN).

The shakeup comes after Biden moved within hours of taking office to force out the previous head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, Michael Pack, who was installed by President Trump last year and accused of working to ferret out journalists with negative opinions of the president from the various news organizations under the agency’s purview. The three replacements named Sunday will all head agencies recently targeted for leadership by Pack’s own appointees.

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