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New Head of VOA's Parent Agency Sworn In


The U.S. government agency that supervises VOA and other U.S. international broadcasters has a new chairman.

James Glassman was sworn in Friday to head the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

The journalist and author has also been a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a public-policy study group in Washington. He has held senior posts at several American news media companies, specializing in economic and political coverage.

Glassman has also served on the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World, a commission mandated by Congress.

President Bush nominated Glassman to succeed Kenneth Tomlinson, the BBG chairman since 2002.

Mr. Bush's nomination statement said Glassman will continue as BBG chairman into 2010. He will complete the remainder of Tomlinson's term, and will serve an additional three-year term beginning in August.

Tomlinson asked President Bush earlier this year not to renominate him for the chairman's position, and said he would stay only until a successor was named. Last year, a State Department investigation found Tomlinson had used his government office for personal business and had improperly awarded a contract to a friend.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

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