Free Speech Radio News
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Free Speech Radio News (or FSRN) was an independently produced half hour daily national and international radio news program focusing on peace and social justice issues in the US and around the world. FSRN was collectively run by its workers and reporters. It was a non-profit organization, with funding from Pacifica Radio Network, as well as community radio stations across the US and listener-donors. The newscast was independently distributed by FSRN, as well as by the Pacifica radio network.
Features Producer: Catherine Komp
Anchor / Assistant Producer: Dorian Merina
Headlines Producers: Nell Abrams and Jes Burns
Technical Producer: Rose Ketabchi
In January 2000, free-lance reporters for the former Pacifica Network News engaged in a strike, citing censorship by Pacifica's then Executive Director and Board. The strike lasted twenty-six months until March 2002 when the board was replaced. "At its March board meeting, the Pacifica board unanimously passed a resolution it negotiated with the strikers acknowledging the significant role they played in returning Pacifica to its historic mission, and pledging to end censorship of any programming throughout the network." Free Speech Radio News was formed in 2000 as an independent newscast by the strikers and has remained an independent program since that time. From March 2002 to September 2013, FSRN was aired and distributed by the Pacifica Network, and received major financial support from Pacifica.
In September, 2013, the board of directors of FSRN issued a lay-off notice to all staff, and confirmed that their last broadcast would take place on Sept 27th, 2013. The board cited financial difficulties as the reason for the decision.
- Free Speech Radio News Official site
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