Tomlinson Survives Ouster Attempt At Broadcasting Board of Governors
September 14, 2006 at 6:10 AM (PT)
A move by Democratic members of the BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS to oust Chairman KENNETH Y. TOMLINSON failed on WEDNESDAY as two resolutions, one calling for his resignation and one looking to cut his authority at the board, were knocked down in 3-3 votes along party lines (TOMLINSON, the seventh vote, abstained).
TOMLINSON was recently alleged in a STATE DEPARTMENT report to have used his office to run a thoroughbred horse operation and to hire a friend for a lucrative job; he has denied wrongdoing, but his renomination for the post has been tabled for the rest of the year in the Senate due to the controversy. The BBG oversees the VOICE OF AMERICA, RADIO LIBERTY, RADIO and TV MARTI, and other overseas broadcasting by the U,S, government.