From Voice of America to Voice of Trump? The future of U.S. radio in North Korea
In order to effectively bring about change in North Korea, the U.S. must avoid hyper-political programming
Last month, U.S. government-backed international broadcasting entered controversial territory with the confirmation of Michael Pack as CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM).
The leadership of USAGM, the organization supervising U.S. government-funded broadcasters including Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, was crucial because the U.S. Congress had set up USAGM to replace the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). This bipartisan nine-member board acted as a firewall against political interference in U.S. international broadcasting but was frequently found incapable of taking decisive actions.
By replacing the BBG with
- 01How sanctions failed to stop North Korea from developing dangerous weapons tech
- 02‘Growing scope’ of North Korean nuclear weapons shown in unpublished UN report
- 03Photos: Shops, restaurants and Sinuiju port – a view from Dandong in July
- 04Timeline: From multiple Kim Jong Un appearances to defector ‘suspected’ of COVID
- 05Why Lee In-young may be the most vocal and successful unification minister yet
- 06North Korean ships spotted returning to old coal smuggling routes near Vietnam
- 07North Korea in July 2020: a month in review and what’s ahead
- 08North Korea’s first suspected COVID-19 case sparks joy and censorship in China