July 11, 2005
Independent World Television is building the world’s first global independent news network. Online and on TV, IWTnews will deliver
independent news and real debate from professional and citizen journalists – without funding from governments, corporations or
commercial advertising. Using the web to organize and raise funds across borders, IWTnews is building an international movement for
Independent World Television has now launched its web site and campaign to build a news network that can tell it like it is. IWT has
been endorsed by the CAW National Executive Board and recently had a display at the Canadian Labour Congress convention in
Montreal. Check out the IWT web site at: www.IWTnews.com (link below) and be sure to take the survey.
Serious news and full-spectrum debate - on which democracy depends - are disappearing from television. Across the globe, news
media are 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.
We need a news and current affairs network that defends the public interest and the highest standards of journalism. Independent
World Television will be such a network, a non-profit broadcast service financed by viewers across the globe - independent of corporate
or government funding and commercial advertising.
Before, there were no means to directly raise funds from people around the world. Now, the web allows millions to band together and
raise capital to compete with corporate media outlets. Think of the 15 million people who demonstrated against war in Iraq on one day in
2003. Think of the internet fundraising successes of MoveOn.org and the Howard Dean presidential campaign. Members of the Dean
fundraising operation are already on board at IWT.
THE LAUNCH PLAN
The network is raising a $7 million start-up budget from individual donors and foundations. The MacArthur, Ford and Phoebe Haas Trust
foundations and the Canadian Auto Workers union have contributed to a planning study. In its next phase, IWTnews will build the online
community necessary for an international mass fundraising campaign launching in early 2006. The campaign will use concerts and
media events headlined by socially-conscious celebrities to drive the internet fundraising. 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.
To be seen on satellite, digital TV and the web, IWTnews is also negotiating alliances with public and nonprofit channels to carry its
programming. IWTnews will cover the big issues - war and peace, political campaigns, environment, global economy, civil rights, labor
issues and social policy. IWTnews will hire journalists for their experience, political acumen and understanding of history. Complex
issues will be addressed with energy, bite and wit. Citizen journalism will bring insight from people around the world. Informed by a
commitment to social justice and respecting diversity of opinion, IWTnews will focus on news other media ignore or suppress, and on
individuals and groups that are transforming the world.
Source: CAW NewsNow