The acting head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media has fired the presidents and boards of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. Above, the headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is seen in Prague in January 2010.

The headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) seen with the United States, RFE/RL and the Czech Republic flags in the foreground, in Prague Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty says it will start broadcasting to the tribal areas of Pakistan to provide an alternative to Islamic extremist stations. The broadcaster says in a statement that its new Radio Mashaal will broadcast in the local Pashto dialect into Pakistan’s border region with Afghanistan. The first programs will be aired Friday. (AP Photo/CTK, Michal Kamaryt) ** SLOVAKIA OUT **