Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Sen. Kaufman Recognizes Two Members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors: Jeffrey Hirschberg and Joaquin Blaya

July 13, 2010

Mr. President, today, I wish to express my appreciation to two members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, whose terms have come to an end. During their 8 years of exceptional service on the BBG, Jeff Hirschberg and Joaquin Blaya have contributed to ensuring the relevance and timeliness of international broadcasting. Both Jeff and Joaquin have served the nation's international broadcasting mission with great honor and commitment. Their unique contributions have resulted in a robust enhancement of U.S. international broadcasting in critical regions at crucial times.

Jeffrey Hirschberg, who served on the board since 2002, brought his deep experience in government and the private sector to bear during his tenure on the board. Previously, he served in the U.S. Attorney General's Office as special counsel and assistant U.S. attorney, and later, as an attorney in private practice. While on the BBG, he applied his vast knowledge and understanding of the Soviet Union and Russia he acquired during his tenure as Director of the U.S.-Russian Investment Fund, a member of the U.S.-Russia Center for Entrepreneurship, and Director of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, to greatly improve programming in Russia and former Soviet states.

Joaquin Blaya, who also joined the board in 2002, brought to the BBG his vast experience in broadcasting as former chairman of Radio Unica, as CEO of Telemundo, and as president of Univision. In fact, Joaquin founded Radio Unica and oversaw its operations as it became the first 24-hour Spanish language radio network, reaching approximately 80 percent of the Spanish-speaking population in the United States. His vision and conviction as a member of the BBG resulted in improved programming on Radio Marti, and a ground-breaking television programming in the Middle East via Al Hurrah, which is the most widely viewed channel in Iraq today.

As U.S. international broadcasting begins this new chapter in its history, I want to convey my utmost respect and appreciation to Jeff Hirschberg and Joaquin Blaya for their honorable service and vision as members of the BBG.

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