Free Speech Radio News finally back

FSRN logoIn late September, the independent newscast run on all Pacifica stations, Free Speech Radio News (FSRN), ceased production, largely because Pacifica had not paid nearly $200,000 owed to the group, according to Radio Survivor, Current and others. Founded by Pacifica freelance reporters striking against management censorship in 2000, the program had long served as the network’s international and national news bureau, and its loss has been a severe blow to KPFA and other stations.

But this week, FSRN announced it had secured new funding to re-launch the program — now it’s time to get Pacifica’s stations to re-subscribe to its services. Community stations will be paying FSRN directly for its programming, and FSRN says it is launching new income-generating projects, and building its individual donor base.