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Independence Media To Become Foundation

Here’s the latest from Independence Media.

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Independence Media will use the $131.5 million received from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Broadcast Incentive Auction to carry out its charitable and educational mission by making grants initially in the Philadelphia region to other exempt organizations that are using media and new technologies to connect communities, promote diversity and encourage understanding. Independence Media expects to begin awarding grants no later than early 2019.

“By becoming a foundation, our board believes Independence Media can increase its impact on the Philadelphia area,” said Rene DeGeorge Smith, chair of the Independence Media Board of Directors. “We take the responsibility of investing and deploying more than $131 million very seriously and will be careful with our focus, our decision-making and our evaluation of success.”

Independence Media is continuing work on a strategic plan that will guide the transition to a foundation.

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Click here to read the full Press Release

Thank You for Donating

Thank you for your support of Independence Media, home of MiND TV and other broadcast services.

While we are grateful for every donation, at this time we are no longer accepting charitable giving from our community.

In this calendar year, Independence Media will terminate its broadcast, cable, and satellite television services. Independence Media has broadcast on channel 35 since 1990 and has operated the MiND brand since 2008. Independence Media intends to develop a strategic plan to guide its future activities as a reinvented 501(c)3 organization. Work on this plan will begin immediately. 

It has been a privilege to present independent, minority related and international programs to the Philadelphia region. Independence Media will always work to connect communities, promote diversity, and encourage understanding.

We greatly appreciate your support over the years. Please continue to support the independent media outlets that still serve your community.

Independence Media – Relinquishing WYBE

Independence Media will receive a one-time payment of $131.5 million from the FCC in exchange for the WYBE license. As part of the Broadcast Incentive Auction, the FCC is purchasing licenses from broadcasters to make spectrum available for wireless broadband use.

Independence Media will terminate its broadcast, cable, and satellite television services after the FCC distributes the proceeds to television stations across the country. Independence Media broadcasts on channel 35 and operates on cable systems as MiND.  Independence Media, a nonprofit corporation, will remain in operation.

For more from Independence media, please see the PRESS RELEASE.

And for more comments from Independence Media, see the article from Philly.com.