Lebanon's Al Safir is reporting that rumors are flying about an impending shake-up in the senior leadership of Al Hurra. Al Safir links the impending shake-up to the damning report on Radio Sawa prepared by the State Department recently, and leaked in advance of its revision under heavy pressure from the BBG and its backers. The story also reports serious internal discussion about moving al Hurra from Virginia to Dubai (which strikes me as a pretty obviously good idea) or shutting it down (also not such a bad idea, although sunk costs will probably prevent this).
It isn't clear what the report is based on, although it seems to be sourced indirectly to Al Hurra staffers frustrated with the way the station is being run. I have heard grumbling from al Hurra staffers, and especially from outside critics, but nothing this specific, so I can't really confirm al Safir's reporting - but here it is anyway FYI.
Oh, al Safir has another story pointing out how absurdly primitive - okay, non-existent - Al Hurra's web site is, especially compared to the state of the art sites maintained by Al Jazeera and even Al Arabiya. I've written about this many times before, so I won't comment further other than to say that Al Safir is right about this one, and it's a complete and utter mystery why the BBG refuses to correct this glaring deficiency.