The White House plans to nominate Michael Pack, conservative filmmaker, to head the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
If confirmed by the Senate, he will succeed John Lansing, the former Scripps Networks president, who took the BBG helm in 2015.
The BBG is the broadcasting arm of the US government, the entity that oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Middle East Broadcasting Network, Radio Free Asia and Radio and TV Marti (Cuba). Those units broadcast in more than 60 languages
Pack, who ran the Claremont Institute, has made two documentaries with president Trump’s former strategist and Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon.
He also served as publisher of The Claremont Review, which the New York Times dubbed the “bible of highbrow Trumpism."
Foreign Policy magazine notes that Pack is a sharp critic of what he views as the “politically correct agenda” on universities across the US. He claims liberal professors “indoctrinate” students with classes on environmental filmmaking and gay culture.
FP notes that critics worry that Trump could use turn the Pack-led BBG “into his own personal propaganda machine.”