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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

Free Speech TV

Independent, post-partisan news and views.

three stars

83.27

P.O. Box 44099 Denver, CO 80201
tel: (303) 442-8445   Web Site
EIN: 51-0173482

Board Leadership
Mark Winston Griffith
Chair

CEO
Jon Stout
Acting Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.27 three stars
  Financial 79.61 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00 three stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Launched in 1995, Free Speech TV is an independent, publicly-supported multi-platform digital media pioneer. Using both television and the Internet, Free Speech TV inspires viewers to become civically engaged to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable society. Promoting voices and perspectives under-represented in the media, FSTV broadcasts and webcasts independently-produced programs addressing social, political, cultural, and environmental issues. Featured programs include Democracy Now!, The Thom Hartmann Program, Gay USA and investigative documentaries. FSTV airs on DISH Network (9415), DIRECTV (348), Roku and community cable affiliates. Programming streams on www.freespeech.org and is syndicated on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. FSTV broadcasts are commercial-free and viewer supported. Free Speech TV is owned and operated by Public Communicators.

Launched in 1995, Free Speech TV is an independent, publicly-supported multi-platform digital media pioneer. Using both television and the Internet, Free Speech TV inspires viewers to become civically engaged to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable society. Promoting voices and perspectives under-represented in the media, FSTV broadcasts and webcasts independently-produced programs addressing social, political, cultural, and environmental issues. Featured programs include Democracy Now!, The Thom Hartmann Program, Gay USA and investigative documentaries. FSTV airs on DISH Network (9415), DIRECTV (348), Roku and community cable affiliates. Programming streams on www.freespeech.org and is syndicated on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. FSTV broadcasts are commercial-free and viewer supported. Free Speech TV is owned and operated by Public Communicators.

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Financial

two stars

79.61

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

88.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
68.9%
  Administrative Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 20.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.28
  Program Expenses Growth 4.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 29.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Free Speech TV on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Free Speech TV on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Free Speech TV (CO) 83.27 three stars
Texas Public Radio (TX) 92.98 four stars
KCTS Television (WA) 85.97 three stars
Nine Network of Public Media (MO) 87.64 three stars
Community Radio for Northern Colorado (CO) 92.41 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,576,595
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,576,595
   Program Service Revenue $4,952
Total Primary Revenue $3,581,547
   Other Revenue $8,599
TOTAL REVENUE $3,590,146
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,444,846
   Administrative Expenses $505,647
   Fundraising Expenses $649,659
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,600,152
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-10,006
   
Net Assets $1,021,688

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Broadcasting $2,444,846 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 11/01/2020 83.27 three stars
2018-06 06/01/2019 83.74 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 82.04 three stars
2016-06 07/01/2017 82.15 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 74.23 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 73.85 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 72.55 two stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 76.81 two stars
2012-06 12/20/2013 85.35 three stars
2011-06 03/01/2013 85.51 three stars
2010-06 05/01/2012 76.83 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 51-0173482
Name in IRS Master File PUBLIC COMMUNICATORS INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (121) Radio or television broadcasting
(149) Other instruction and training
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date November, 1975
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$141,647 3.93% Ron Williams Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Free Speech TV (CO) 83.27 three stars
Vermont Public Radio (VT) 91.20 four stars
Aspen Public Radio (CO) 88.32 three stars
Nashville Public Television (TN) 85.60 three stars
Nashville Public Radio (TN) 88.64 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Free Speech TV
P.O. Box 44099
Denver, CO 80201
tel: (303) 442-8445
EIN: 51-0173482

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Board Leadership

Mark Winston Griffith
Chair

CEO

Jon Stout
Acting Executive Director

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