Sources have told World Affairs Journal that Steven Korn, head of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty in Moscow, is being forced to resign, likely by February.
At the November meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Victor Ashe, Knoxville's former mayor and U.S. Ambassador to Poland, criticized Korn's management and called on him to resign. Ashe said the firing of 41 staffers in Russia had led to dissidents there viewing the American radio network "not as a friend but a foe."
Hits for information from the broadcasters have dropped from 110,000 to 30,000 and Ashe says the current management is buckling under to Vladamir Putin and losing its audience.
In a letter to U.S. News & World Report, Ashe criticized his fellow board members for not attending meetings. He also has been at odds with board members by insisting that the U.S. maintain control of radio broadcasts into mainland China because locating them in other countries make them susceptible to Chinese intimidation.