Denver, CO, July 9, 2012 - Independent news and information network Free Speech TV announced today that Executive Director Don Rojas is transitioning to become the network’s Chief Multimedia Editor. This transition will allow Rojas to rejoin his family on the East Coast and put on his journalistic hat to focus on the network’s coverage of the 2012 election season.
As Chief Multimedia Editor, Rojas will draw from more than 40 years of journalism experience and play a central role in Free Speech TV’s election coverage. “I look forward to working with Free Speech TV’s independent media peers to cover the real issues at stake, not just the horse race,” said Rojas. “Returning to the Baltimore-Washington DC metro provides a perfect base for our election coverage, and it will allow me to spend more time with my family after 2 ½ years of working in Denver.”
The network has named Ron Williams as Interim Executive Director. Williams has served on the Board of Free Speech TV’s nonprofit parent company since 2006, including the last two as chair. Ashindi Maxton has been elected Chair of the Board, filling the vacancy left by Williams’ resignation from that governing body.
Maxton, the Director of Political Partnerships at SEIU International, added, “With SuperPacs pouring millions of dollars into TV ads in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, it is absolutely essential that American voters have access to the full range of information they need to make responsible choices for their families, their communities and our planet.”
“What’s also energizing about covering this year’s election is the proliferation of new digital platforms on which a substantive national dialogue about American priorities can be seeded,” commented Williams. “Free Speech TV’s election coverage will, of course, be carried on DISH Network, DIRECTV and our other television platforms, but we will also be streaming it at freespeech.org, on Roku, on social media sites and via new mobile apps.”
Maxton noted that Williams brings expertise uniquely suited for expanding Free Speech TV’s digital footprint. “From his past work as CEO of Detroit’s Metro Times and of 3rdwhale, a telecommunications software firm specializing in mobile apps, through his latest project happyfrogdetroit.com, an online community promoting sustainability and healthful living, Ron is the ideal leader to advance one of the Board’s top objectives: retooling the organization for a rapidly evolving media ecology.”
The Board of Directors commended Rojas for his leadership as Executive Director. “During Don’s tenure, Free Speech TV launched many bold initiatives, from ambitious live event coverage and our Occupy the Media series to the launch of new DIRECTV and Roku channels and the expansion of our social media outreach,” said Maxton. “Never before has Free Speech TV worked so collaboratively with our peers, and in doing so, Don provided seasoned leadership to the entire progressive media sector.”
About Free Speech TV
Launched in 1995, Free Speech TV is an independent, publicly-supported, non-profit TV network and multi-platform media station. Promoting voices and perspectives under-represented in the media, Free Speech TV broadcasts and webcasts independently-produced programs addressing social, political, cultural, and environmental issues. Free Speech TV programs include The Thom Hartmann Program, Democracy Now!, The David Pakman Show, Al Jazeera English News, Gay USA, Enviro Close-Up, and a diverse array of investigative documentaries. Free Speech TV reaches 37 million U.S. homes, broadcasting fulltime on DISH Network channel 9415, DIRECTV channel 348, Burlington Telecom channel 122, Roku and www.freespeech.org. For more information, contact Jon Stout, 303-442-8445 x117, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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