Saturday, July 31, 2004

BBG - Veronique Rodman Appointed to the Broadcasting Board of Governors

BBG - Broadcasting Board of Governors: "Veronique Rodman Appointed to the Broadcasting Board of Governors

Washington, DC., December 31, 2003--

Veronique Rodman, a public relations specialist and former television producer, has been appointed to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the bipartisan, nine-member board which supervises all U.S. nonmilitary international broadcasting.

President Bush nominated Rodman to the BBG on October 24, 2003, and gave her a recess appointment on Dec. 26, 2003.

"Veronique Rodman brings to the BBG an understanding of international affairs and broadcasting," said Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the BBG's chairman.

Rodman is director of public affairs at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, a Washington-based think tank. Before joining AEI in 1999, Rodman worked for many years in broadcasting. From 1982-1995, she served as a producer of ABC-TV's "This Week With David Brinkley." As a television news consultant, she later helped launch "Fox News Sunday."

Rodman also worked as vice president for the Cosmetic, Toiletries and Fragrance Association Foundation, and as program coordinator for the SAIS-Novartis Prize for Excellence in International Journalism, a journalism award given annually at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Previously, she worked for former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and for CSIS's Congressional Leadership Group on International Communication. Early in her career, she was assistant festival director for "The World of Islam," in London.

Born in Cairo, Rodman received a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.S from Georgetown University. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is married to Peter W. Rodman. They have two children. Rodman replaces Robert M. Ledbetter, Jr., of Tupelo, Miss., whose term expired.

The BBG is an independent federal agency which supervises all U.S. government-supported non-military international broadcasting, including the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL); Radio Free Asia (RFA); Radio and TV Martí, Radio Sawa and Radio Farda. The services broadcast in 65 languages to over 100 million people around the world in 125 markets.

Nine members comprise the BBG, a presidentially appointed body. Current governors are Chairman Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, Joaquin Blaya, Blanquita W. Cullum, D. Jeffrey Hirschberg, Edward E. Kaufman, Norman J. Pattiz, Veronique Rodman, and Steven Simmons. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell serves as an ex officio member."

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