Eye Opener: Notables tapped for B'casting Board
Updated 9:00 a.m. ET
Happy Thursday! President Obama has tapped several well-known names to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, including a few journalism veterans and a former Bush administration official.
Obama has asked Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson to serve as board chair. The best-selling author previously ran CNN and TIME Magazine.
Obama also tapped George W. Bush's final press secretary, Dana Perino, to serve on the board, along with Susan McCue, former chief of staff to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.); Michael Meehan, former chief of staff to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) (NOT the former Massachusetts Congresssman as previously reported incorrectly); Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton; former U.S. ambassador to Poland Victor H. Ashe; Commonwealth Partners founder and managing director Dennis Mulhaupt and Hudson Institute Senior Vice President S. Enders Wimbush.
The Board operates Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Radio and TV Martí, Radio Sawa and Alhurra Television, distributing programs in 60 languages to an estimated audience of 175 million people via TV, radio and the Internet.
By law, Obama names a Board chairman and seven other members, with an even mix of Democrats and Republicans. Observers originally anticipated he would make his appointments last month, but there were some of his concerns about Republican picks for the board. Track all of Obama's nominees with The Post's Head Count.
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| November 19, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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