Link TV, original WorldLink TV, is a non-commercial American satellite television network providing what it describes as "diverse perspectives on world and national issues." It is carried nationally on DirecTV (ch. 375) and Dish Network (ch. 9410) and is broadcast over the air in the Los Angeles area on the 28.2 subchannel of KCET. Link TV was launched as a daily, 24-hour non-commercial network on 15 December 1999. It receives no money from the satellite providers, but relies instead on contributions from viewers and foundations.
|Launched||December 15, 1999|
|Owned by||Public Media Group of Southern California|
|Slogan||Television without Borders|
(with production offices in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California)
|Formerly called||WorldLink (1999–early 2000s)|
|KCET (Los Angeles)||Channel 28.2|
|KRCB (Cotati, California)||Channel 22.1 (1-5 AM)|
|Dish Network||Channel 9410|
|EATV1 (San Francisco)||27|
Link TV broadcasts a mix of documentaries, global and national news, music of diverse cultures, and programs promoting citizen action. The network also airs English language news from Al Jazeera English, Deutsche Welle, NHK and France 24, as well as various documentaries and world music videos. Select Link TV programs are streamed on the Internet, via the channel's website at www.linktv.org.
Direct satellite broadcasters were mandated to set aside 4% of its channel space for noncommercial educational and informational programming. ITVS, Internews Network and Internews Interactive joined in forming Link Media Inc. to program a channel, WorldLink TV, for this mandate. WorldLink TV was one of the nine channels select to meet the mandate for DirecTV.
In October 2012, Link TV announced that it was merging with KCET, an independent public television station in Los Angeles, to form a new nonprofit entity, to be called KCETLink. The entity was headquartered at KCET's Burbank facilities. In 2018, KECTLink merged with the KOCE-TV Foundation to form the Public Media Group of Southern California.
Production and projects
In 2010, Link TV announced the launch of ViewChange.org, an online video platform funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that aims to raise awareness of global development issues. It applies Semantic Web technology to video, in order to automatically create links to related content from other online sources.
In conjunction with the New York City Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, LinkTV broadcast a "Youth Producing Change" program which showcases the works of youth from all over the world. They also support efforts to fund groups such as imMEDIAte Justice Productions which help youth create their own film works.
- Mosaic: World News from the Middle East
- Mosaic Intelligence Report
- Global Pulse
- Latin Pulse
- Global Spirit
- Earth Focus
- Who Speaks for Islam
- Bridge to Iran
- Real Conversations
- Global Lens
- Oceans 8
- Men of Words
- Lunch with Bokara
- Bokara's Conversations on Consciousness
- U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project
- Ethics and the World Crisis
- Future Express
- The Israel Lobby
- Youth Producing Change
- Wilner, Paul. "Broadcasting a Global Sampler, The New York Times, January 13, 2008.
- Link TV FAQ
- Behrens, Steve; Bedford, Karen Everhart (December 13, 1999). "DirecTV okays channels from PBS and ITVS". Current. American University School of Communication. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
- Collins, Scott (October 17, 2012). "KCET announces merger with satellite network Link TV". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- Ingram, Mathew. "LinkTV Building a YouTube for Social Change", GigaOM, February 26, 2010.
- Youth Producing Change Archived 2011-04-05 at the Wayback Machine - LinkTV.com
- Garofoli, Joe (April 18, 2007). "A new accent on the news". SF Gate. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 19, 2014.