By Jack Jodell, April 4, 2011
I SURE AM! This is an outright plug for the only truly independent, wholly non-corporate, non-commercial TV network, LINK TV. The network is FULLY viewer-supported and free from all the corporate bias and annoying commercials we are all deluged with CONSTANTLY on commercial TV. You can see LINK TV on satellite at channel 9410 on DISH Network, or channel 375 on DIRECTV. It is also available on numerous local cable networks (you can activate an interactive map of these by going to the LINK TV website at http://www.linktv.org/). Below is some additional info I have culled for you direct from their website.
WHO ARE THEY?
Formed in 1999, Link Media owns and operates the broadcast channel Link TV and http://www.linktv.org. Link is the first nationwide television channel and website dedicated to providing global perspectives on news, events and culture. Link’s programs provide a unique perspective on international news, current events, and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the U.S. media. We connect viewers with people at the heart of breaking events, organizations in the forefront of social change and the cultures of an increasingly global community.
In December 1999, Link Media launched Link TV, the first nationwide television network dedicated to providing Americans with global perspectives on news, events and culture. Link was awarded a coveted FCC “set-aside” non-commercial license on DIRECTV and was added to EchoStar’s DISH Network a few weeks later.
Every day Link broadcasts a 24-hour mix of uncompromising documentaries, international news analysis programs and diverse cultural programs to over 32 million U.S. homes. Link’s original programs are distributed to more than 174 cable stations, reaching an additional 20 million households. Audience research indicates that there are more than 5.8 million regular satellite viewers of Link TV, who watch an average of 2.5 hours each week. In addition, 57% of these regular viewers report they have taken action as a result of something they have experienced on Link TV.
Over the past few years, more of Link’s programming has become available on the Internet. Linktv.org has become a valuable destination for streaming videos. Currently we serve over 4,300 video segments or full programs, available for high-quality streaming, and have expanded availability of these videos on on-line distribution platforms such as YouTube, iTunes and The Huffington Post. Link videos have been viewed online more than 3.4 million times over the past year. One-third of Link’s Web users are from countries outside of the U.S.
Link Media, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in California. The original founders were Internews Network, a leading supporter of independent television around the world, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), an experienced supplier of independently-produced programs for public television, and Internews Interactive (InterAct), a specialist in participatory TV programming. In 2009, Link Media, Inc. formed a partnership with YouthNoise, which has become the backbone of its Engagement division. YouthNoise has the aim of encouraging youth civic engagement and community service through the integration of television, web and mobile technologies.
LINK TV features top-notch documentaries, domestic and foreign news, world music and cinematography, and informative and provocative shows and guests. It is THE only source for Amy Goodman’s fabulous DEMOCRACY NOW; Al Jazeera English World News; MOSAIC (News from and by networks in the Middle East); specials that uncover dirt by insiders on Wall Street, in Coca Cola, and corporate America in general (The Best Government Money Can Buy, Money-Driven Medicine, Rich Media-Poor Democracy, The Millionaires’ Tea Party, Robert Scheer on the Great American Stickup. Noam Chomsky’s Who Controls the Message); plus hard-hitting investigative journalism (remember that?) like The Israel Lobby, Robert Fisk’s Lies and Misreporting on the Middle East, and 9/11: Press for Truth. GO TO THE WEBSITE AND CHECK IT OUT!
If you are fed up with nonstop commercials, right-wing or boring, predictable, “safe” middle-of-the-road pundits, and endless repetitive discussions on Charlie Sheen and other Hollywood idiot figures, then LINK TV is for YOU!
THIS IS INTELLIGENT, PROGRESSIVE PROGRAMMING, DESERVING OF YOUR VIEWING AND SUPPORT!
As I have already mentioned, this network is fully viewer-supported. Once you’ve had the chance to see it or have studied their website, why not make a one-time or monthly contribution to ensure that vital programming like this remains on the air? They have currently just begun their quarterly fundraising drive, and you could do the progressive cause a really good turn by phoning in a pledge toll-free to 1-866-485-8848. Or, you could mail in your donation via check or money order to :
P.O. Box 2008
San Francisco, CA 94126
These pledges are fully tax deductible. I have absolutely no vested interest in this network at all. I am simply SICK OF FOX “NEWS”, incessant irritating TV commercials sponsored and produced by a ptofit-obsessed corporate America who doesn’t care for, and LIES CONSTANTLY to, YOU and I, and the constant, mindless nonsensical chatter being engaged in by talking heads and stupid pundits.
LINK TV OFFERS ALL OF US A WAY OUT. PLEASE SUPPORT THEM NOW! Thank you!