Free Speech TV to Provide Live Coverage of the Midterm Elections from Broadcast Centers in New York, Washington, DC and Denver
Amy Goodman, Thom Hartmann, Laura Flanders, Marc Steiner and Gloria Neal to Host.
Denver, CO, October 26, 2010: Free Speech TV (FSTV) announced today that it will broadcast live coverage of the upcoming midterm elections from broadcasting centers in New York, Washington, DC and from their headquarters in Denver. The coverage is scheduled to air on November 2nd, 2010 from 8:00 pm – 2:00 am EST on DISH Network channel 9415, DIRECTV channel 348 and streaming online at FREESPEECH.ORG, featuring Facebook, Twitter, live chat interactive tools, and as well as audience-submitted videos.
The coverage will be hosted by several progressive media veterans, including Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Laura Flanders, Thom Hartmann, Gloria Neal and Marc Steiner. The historic coverage will feature analysis and commentary from social activists, community organizers and thought leaders, including David Sirota, Herb Boyd, Rosa Clemente, Jim Hightower and John Nichols. There will also be correspondents' reports from The Nation, Mother Jones and Yes Magazine and special guest appearances by NAACP’s Ben Jealous, AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka, former Denver mayor Wellington Webb and many more.
Faithful to their mission of providing fearless, innovative and fully-independent programming, Free Speech TV will offer this special elections coverage, entirely commercial-free and void of the mainstream media corporate spin.
"We at FSTV are delighted to be partnering with several other independent media entities and personalities to bring this unique election night broadcast to millions of homes around the country," said Don Rojas, executive director of Free Speech TV. "This unprecedented media collaboration will make it possible for the nation to view a diverse collection of hosts and guests reporting and analyzing the results and the political implications of this crucial mid-term election through a progressive lens."
“Corporate-sponsored news outlets continue to fail to provide accurate and unbiased reporting. Our coverage of the midterm elections promises to look into issues blacked out by the mainstream media. We will ask the tough questions and bring truthful reporting to millions of American homes.”, said Amy Goodman, award-winning journalist and host of Democracy Now!
When asked about his participation in Free Speech TV's upcoming elections coverage, the nation’s number one progressive talk show host, Thom Hartmann said, " I am thrilled to be co-anchoring with Marc Steiner FSTV's election night coverage coming from the popular Busboys & Poets Cafe in the heart of Washington DC. Unlike what you'll see in the corporate media's coverage, my colleagues and I will be co-operating and co-ordinating rather than competing with each other to offer the freshest and most forward-thinking perspective on the races and the issues.
“Money media are binging on a banquet of campaign cash. Don't trust 'em? Nor should you! Independent, people-powered media to the rescue! Free Speech TV's collaboration provides an urgently-needed alternative. I'm excited to be part of it.”, quipped Laura Flanders, host of GRITtv.
In addition to their interactive webcast at FREESPEECH.ORG, Free Speech TV's broadcast will also stream on progressive partner websites from The Nation, Mother Jones, US Social Forum, Campus Progress, Progressive Democrats of America, Labor 2010 and many more.
Free Speech TV is entirely powered by its viewers. All supporters of independent media are encouraged to visit online at http://freespeech.org/donate to become members and support this independent, corporate-free coverage of the elections.
About Free Speech TV
Launched in 1995, Free Speech TV is an independent, publicly-supported, non-profit TV multi-platform digital media pioneer. Using both television and the Internet, Free Speech TV inspires viewers to become engaged to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable society. Free Speech TV is owned and operated by Public Communicators, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization, founded in 1974. Free Speech TV reaches 30 million U.S. homes, broadcasting full time on DISH Network channel 9415, DIRECTV channel 348, part-time on 200 US community cable affiliate stations, and online at FREESPEECH.ORG. Take part in the conversation on Facebook/FREESPEECHTV and Twitter/FREESPEECHTV.
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