MiND considering going off the air
This is bad news. Yesterday I got the following email:
I trust you are enjoying MiND's unique combination of international, music, documentary and short-form programming. We are contemplating some changes, so we are scheduling a series of viewer-input telephone conference calls next week. I hope you will find an hour to join us (the schedule is below).
Last week, the FCC (the Federal government agency which controls TV and radio licenses) contacted every TV station in the U.S. The FCC wants to purchase many TV broadcast licenses in order to supply wireless telephone carriers (such as Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, etc.) with additional bandwidth. This bandwidth will enable better cell phone service and improved video-on-demand on mobile devices.
As you may know, our TV license is owned and operated by a nonprofit organization. The decision to continue as a broadcaster will be made by this organization's Board of Directors. This is completely our organization's decision. The government agency is simply making an offer to all stations; some stations will choose to accept the offer, and some will not.
The television industry is changing. Many of the programs seen on MiND's channels are also available on the Internet, Netflix, and through other sources. As a result, we are beginning to question whether we should continue as a television station.
If we decide to stop broadcasting, we plan to invest the funds to develop new and exciting forms of public media for television, the Internet and other venues. Regardless of whether we continue to operate a TV station, our mission remains the same: to help people learn and understand the world.
And if we decide to stop broadcasting, we plan to find a new home for most of the programs and MiND channels so that you will be able to continue to watch them with minimal interruption.
If you are interested in joining us for one of these conversations, please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org with this information:
(2) Zip Code
(3) Email address
(4) Session you would like to attend:
Session A: Tuesday, October 14, 2PM - 3PM
Session B: Wednesday, October 15, 10AM - 11 AM
Session C: Wednesday, October 15, 4PM - 5 PM
Please note "RSVP CEO CALL" in the subject line of your e-mail. When we receive your information, we will send you the conference call phone number and a passcode to join the call.
If you have questions, or would like to schedule an individual conversation, please send an email to the above address and we'll set up a time to talk.
Thank you for watching the MiND channels, and for your willingness to participate in this important decision.