Independent World Television – more citizen media

Independent World Television wants to build a viewer supported global independent news network (“If half a million people in the entire world contribute just $50, IWTnews will secure the $25 million it needs to fund its first year of broadcasting, in 2007.”) They’ve assembled an impressive list of supporters (from Charles Benton to Gore Vidal), and hope to start broadcasting via the net in 2007. Their problem statement is spot on:

Serious news and full-spectrum debate—on which democracy depends—are disappearing from television. Across the globe, news media ownership is concentrated in the hands of a few entertainment conglomerates whose interests determine news coverage. They promote superficial “infotainment” over tough investigation, context and holding authority accountable. Public broadcasters face shrinking budgets and growing political and commercial pressures.

Their solution, “to change the economics of journalism” is promising, and how can one not cheer for more citizen media? It will be great to see what they put together, but unless they start sampling from right wing media, or viewers are happy with a “spectrum” ranges from Janeane Garofalo to Tony Benn, they may to need to work on the “full-spectrum debate” they are promising.

(via Unmediated)

2 Responses to “Independent World Television – more citizen media”

  1. sylvia paull Says:

    the right wing is everywhere already. Who needs the “full” spectrum. I’ll take the left half anytime.

  2. AlanF Says:

    You might be interested in my interview with Paul Jay, chair of IWT.

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