Accessibility links

Breaking News

Bush to Nominate New Head for US Broadcasting Board

President Bush has named a nominee for new chairman of the U.S. government board that oversees the Voice of America and other international broadcasting.

The White House said in a statement Wednesday that Mr. Bush intends to nominate American journalist James Glassman from the eastern U.S. state of Connecticut for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) post.

If confirmed by the Senate, Glassman would serve the remainder of a three-year term left by his predecessor, Kenneth Tomlinson and a full three year term ending in 2010.

Earlier this year, Tomlinson asked Mr. Bush not to renominate him for another term. Tomlinson has been BBG chairman since 2002.

Last year, a State Department investigation found Tomlinson had used his government office for personal business and improperly awarded a contract to a friend.

Tomlinson resigned from another position, as chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in 2005 after a separate inquiry found he violated rules meant to insulate public radio and television from political interference. The corporation helps fund public television and radio in the United States. Tomlinson is a Republican with close ties to the White House.