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Update / Thank You for Your Help!

During the past two months, nearly 300 of our viewers have responded to our various requests for information about their relationship with MiND. We’ve learned a great deal, and we’re happy to share some of the highlights with you. There are several more telephone meetings scheduled, and the survey is still open, so there is still time to add your comments and participate in this important process.

 

Overall, there is no one “most popular” MiND channel. All of the channels available via broadcast and cable are equally popular: MiND’s 5-minute format, NHK World, France24, and RT. Our fifth channel, MHz Worldview, is not as popular because most people watch via cable, and this channel is available only over-the-air.

 

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Most people are aware that the international channels are available via our television channels, and also via the internet. Our viewers appreciate the availability and of these channels as part of their cable channel package. Despite concerns about the cable television industry, few viewers watch over-the-air.

 

The other concerned that was frequently expressed: the domination of news and information by large media companies.. Many people commented about MiND’s channels and programs as an alternative.

 

Overall, the audience for this alternative programming remains quite small. The economics associated with small-scale, alternative public television are not promising. We are continuing to explore the potential of the upcoming FCC Spectrum Auction because it will likely provide significant opportunities for public service media organizations like Independence Media.

 

We encourage you to join us for our next round of public conversations scheduled for Friday, December 19th at 11am and 4pm.  In the case of a large response, overflow calls will be scheduled for 2pm that same day or 11:30am the following Tuesday (December 23rd). If you would like to join us, or set up a time to discuss the issues one-on-one, please email programming.dept@mindtv.org with your name, zip code, and preferred call time or message.

 

Thank you, and enjoy a wonderful holiday season. Our community is grateful for your support.

 

Howard Blumenthal
CEO
Independence Media

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On the Other Side of the FenceFor 30 years, two Philadelphia Schools have put on the children’s musical “On the Other Side of the Fence.” It is a delightful tale of two farms and the mission to bring down the fence to bring better understanding and tolerance.

Recently honored by the Philadelphia City Council, the original creators of the musical still work together every year to bring together students from the Germantown Friends School with students from the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

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