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About Pirate Television
The Pirate Television Production Company was started in 1997 and
produces an award winning weekly 58 minute cable television series that
runs on Free Speech TV.
The show also runs on SCM-
Seattle Community Media and several other public access TV stations
throughout the US as well as many community access stations via
FStv. The 58 min programs are stored on Archive.org and longer versions of the programs are also posted on YouTube. Pirate TV also has been collaborating for 20 years to help provide content for
outstanding Alternative Radio series that runs on NPR and community radio stations throughout the US and Canada. Pirate TV also provides content for KEXP Mind Over Matters 90.3 FM and KBFG 107.3 FM Seattle as well as many other FM stations.
TV challenges the Media Blockade, bringing you independent voices,
and programming unavailable on the Corporate Sponsor-Ship. The show features talks, interviews
and documentaries. The series, originally called “Crack the
CIA” focused on exposing the secret foreign policy of the United States and the phony drug war but as the subject
the program expanded it was decided to drop the “Crack the
CIA” moniker in 1999 and
just call the show “Pirate Television”.
Pirate Television is produced by me, Ed Mays as a form of
political / media activism. I got involved in public access
television back in
the early 90s as a program originator for the Alternative Information
project which produced the first nationally syndicated public access
program-"Alternative Views". This program won many awards over its
run and eventually aired all over the world.
I was an original member of the Seattle
Independent Media Coalition (SIMC) which eventually morphed into the
first ever Independent Media Center, created to give independent
(non-corporate) media coverage of the 1999 Seattle WTO rebellion.
I'm proud to say that it was me and
my friends from SIMC who dreamed up and with help
activists who streamed in from all over the country, built the
in Seattle which spawned a world wide movement.
now IMCs everywhere!
Pirate Television continues to produce outstanding programming
every week creating a much needed antidote to the corporate brain-wash
by featuring progressive authors, intellectuals, politicians,
figures, activists, scientists, musicians, and other intriguing personalities as
as extraordinary documentaries rarely seen on TV.
Pirate TV is free to community access
stations and other broadcasters. If you are interested in showing
in your area, please contact me directly via the contact page.
Producer, Pirate Television