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Is WorldSpace Foundation a division of WorldSpace Corporation?

NO. WorldSpace Foundation (WSF) is not a division of WorldSpace Corporation. It is a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1997, and is legally and operationally separate from the corporation, with an independent Board of Directors and separate staff. The foundation looks to grants, corporate funding, other foundations and government-sponsored programs as sources of support. WSF must raise money for all its program and operational costs. In addition to support from WorldSpace Corporation, WSF has received grants from other groups such as the Ford and Rockefeller foundations. Neither WorldSpace Corporation nor any of its principals derive financial benefits from the activities or proceeds of WorldSpace Foundation and its affiliates.

What does WorldSpace Foundation do?

The mission of WorldSpace Foundation is to provide access to information to disadvantaged persons in the developing regions of the world using revolutionary technology that broadcasts digital audio and multimedia signals directly from satellites to radios. The foundation achieves this mission by working with its partners - including community broadcasters and grassroots NGOs - around the world to develop public awareness and educational programs from locally produced content, strategically place WS technology and organize listening groups to ensure that the widest possible audience receive relevant, potentially lifesaving information. Its audio and multimedia services broadcast information on topics such as HIV/AIDS, microenterprise development, agriculture, youth development, child survival, women's rights, food security, and conflict resolution, among others.

Does WorldSpace Foundation donate free receivers?

NO. The foundation provides receivers to education and development nonprofit groups at cost. It raises funds to purchase receivers for placement with some of its partners in exchange for audio and multimedia content, and/or a commitment to organize listening groups around WSF programs. WSF weighs such placements carefully.

How much channel capacity does WorldSpace Foundation have on the WorldSpace system?

The foundation has exclusive access to five percent (5%) of the channel capacity on each of WorldSpace satellites. This is equivalent to approximately five (5) 32 kilobit channels on each satellite.

How does WorldSpace Foundation manage its channel capacity?

On the AfriStar™ satellite, the foundation uses one 48 kilobit channel for the Africa Learning Channel. The remaining channels are allocated to other groups with large enough programs to require a separate channel. For example, the Francophone Agency (Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie), an intergovernmental agency of French speaking nations, leases channel capacity on AfriStar™ from WSF to broadcast its French-language educational channel, Canal EF. WorldSpace Foundation provides oversight of its partners' channels to ensure that the channels are used to full capacity, and for purposes in line with the foundation's mission and objectives.

Are there restrictions to the type of content that can be broadcast on WorldSpace Foundation channels?

The channels are noncommercial, and cannot run advertisements for commercial promotion purposes. Public and private sponsors, including corporations, governments, individuals, nonprofit entities, and public interest groups, are recognized during broadcasts for their contributions to particular programs. In addition, programs must have an educational and informational purpose although that does not preclude them from being entertaining. For example, the foundation will broadcast a "soap opera" with HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness as its themes. The channels cannot be used to spread political propaganda nor can they be used to broadcast support for or opposition against a political, religious, ethnic or racial group.

Why does WorldSpace Foundation manage the Africa Learning Channel from Washington, DC?

Currently, the foundation has resources for staff in its Washington, DC location only. It intends to establish an office in Africa by the end of 2002. The office will be administered and managed by African staff, and will include a production studio for the ALC. The studio space being used at the present is donated by WorldSpace Corporation in Washington.

 

 


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