eBay founder to launch independent mass-market news venture

By Sarah McBride – Reuters – 23 hours ago


EBay founder Pierre Omidyar enters the courthouse to testify in the eBay versus Craigslist trial at the Chancery Court in Georgetown, Delaware December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer/Files

EBay founder {co-founder Pen Pal) Pierre Omidyar enters the courthouse to testify in the eBay versus Craigslist

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – eBay Inc (NSQ:EBAY) founder Pierre Omidyar on Wednesday said he is building an independent media organization covering news from sports to politics for mainstream readers, spearheaded by big names including ex-Guardian correspondent Glenn Greenwald.

Omidyar, the 46-year-old French-born Iranian-American who remains chairman of the e-commerce giant he founded, wrote in a blog post that he considered buying the Washington Post – which Amazon.com Inc (NSQ:AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos eventually snapped up – but decided he wanted to build a news organization from the ground up.

“Right now, I’m in the very early stages of creating a new mass media organization. I don’t yet know how or when it will be rolled out, or what it will look like,” he wrote.

“I developed an interest in supporting independent journalists in a way that leverages their work to the greatest extent possible, all in support of the public interest. And, I want to find ways to convert mainstream readers into engaged citizens. I think there’s more that can be done in this space, and I’m eager to explore the possibilities.” Read http://omidyargroup.com/pov/2013/10/16/my-next-adventure-in-journalism/

Omidyar’s active Twitter feed suggests he is very concerned about government-spying programs exposed by Greenwald and former U.S. government contractor Edward Snowden. In his blog post, Omidyar spoke of his growing interest in the role that journalism plays in society, and his own support of efforts to promote government accountability and transparency.

Omidyar, who is no longer involved in day-to-day operations at eBay, stressed that his venture would remain separate from his numerous philanthropic, business and political interests, run mainly through an entity called the Omidyar Network.

Forbes pegged Omidyar’s net worth at $8.5 billion. Among his ventures is Honolulu Civil Beat, a news website covering public affairs in Hawaii. Civil Beat aims to create a new online journalism model with paid subscriptions and respectful comment threads, though it is unclear how successful it has been.

Omidyar also founded the Democracy Fund to support “social entrepreneurs working to ensure that our political system is responsive to the public,” according to its website.

Omidyar added that Greenwald’s former colleagues, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, would also join his media project.

“I’ll be sure to update you along the way as the new organization progresses,” he said.

(Reporting by Sarah McBride and Edwin Chan; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)


mediachecker->BUT IN JULY 2010 he had already invested in a “news” network which enabled them to expand:

Global Voices Announces Investment from Omidyar Network

Posted 5 July 2010

I’m thrilled to announce that the Omidyar Network has made a $1.2 million investment in Global Voices’s work. Omidyar is a philanthropic foundation created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam to improve people’s lives through “harnessing the power of markets”.

Omidyar has supported some of the organizations we most admire – the Wikimedia Foundation, Creative Commons, Ushahidi, WITNESS – and we’re particularly honored to be part of a “class” that includes UK-based transparency organization MySociety and Kenyan political satire troupe, The XYZ Show.

Omidyar is known for challenging their grantees to move towards financial stability, a path that we’d already made a high organizational priority. With support from Omidyar, we’re planning to expand our readership online and via email, to enter into syndication agreements (like the ones we have with La Stampa and Reuters) with at least five new partners and to start creating original content in French and Spanish as well as in English.

Funding from Omidyar is also helping us shore up the infrastructures necessary to manage our complex and international team. GV editors and contributors are on every continent but Antarctica and our management team is scattered across the globe. While we’re committed to being a virtual organization without offices or filing cabinets, we’ve got a lot of practical and administrative challenges to face to ensure we’re able to continue amplifying and sharing citizen voices from around the world. Anyone who has worked in the nonprofit community understands that support for these unsexy sorts of activities is the hardest sort of money to raise – we’re particularly grateful that Omidyar is making an investment in our whole organization and not just a specific project.

We’re really excited about this new development and to working closely with our friends at Omidyar, especially Stephen King, Omidyar’s Senior Director of Investments. Later this year, we’ll be expanding our board of directors by two members, including Stephen and a third representative elected from our staff and volunteer community. Thanks to Omidyar – and all our wonderful supporters – for making this community possible.


Global Voices was launched as a project of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Their institutional and financial support made Global Voices possible.


  • Omidyar Network The Omidyar Network for their ongoing support of our administrative section, our editorial staff, and Rising Voices.







  • reutersReuters was our flagship editorial supporter for several years, and is presently an editorial partner.



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Internet Entrepreneur Mohamed Nanabhay Joins Global Voices Board (CEO Al Jazeera online – Qatar owned)

Posted 4 September 2013 15:54 GMT

Mohamed Nanabhay. Image by Flickr user @joi (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Mohamed Nanabhay. Image by Flickr user @joi (CC BY-SA 2.0)

We’re very pleased to announce that internet entrepreneur Mohamed Nanabhay has joined the board of Global Voices…..As the Head of Online at Al Jazeera English, he led the team that produced the award winning coverage of the Arab revolutions in 2011. During this period he pioneered and launched the Al Jazeera’s Creative Commons Repository…He was named a Creative Commons Pioneer by BusinessWeek, serves on the Board of Directors of the Media Development Investment Fund and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Informed Societies.



Memory jogger: NBC stations will use content from nonprofit news outlets

December 5th, 2011

Ten NBC-owned television stations across the nation will team with nonprofit news outlets in an attempt to beef up their enterprise and analytical reporting, the network announced Monday.

NBC affiliates in Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia will work with work with non-commercial outfits in those cities — KPCC public radio, the Chicago Reporter and WHYY public radio and television, respectively — while all of the network’s owned-and-operated stations will get early access to investigative reports from the independent, nonprofit newsroom Pro Publica.

ProPublica, a New York-based Web operation that already shares content with many news organizations, will give NBC stations an early look at databases it develops on a range of complicated subjects. Its previous projects have, among other things, showed which doctors took payments from drug companies, rated the quality of care at dialysis centers and the performance of secondary schools.


Other Partnerships:

60 Minutes, CNN,

ABC World News,

USA Today,

the New York Times,

Los Angeles Times,

Washington Post,

Huffington Post,




MSN Money,



Reader’s Digest,

Business Week,

This American Life,

and US taxpayer supported NPR.

ProPublica was founded by billionaires Herbet and Marion Sandler. They once gave $11 million dollars to ACORN, after receiving the money, ACORN went to war with Wachovia bank, who at the time was a direct competitor with the Sandler’s. The Sandlers are members of the Democracy Alliance with George Soros. They are financing lift-wing movements all over North America, Europe, and Eurasia. One can now see why so many of them have the same story with the same wording in  unison. Would we have known anything about 9-11 Libyan attack except for Fox News and the newmedia? The people on the Board of many leftists nonprofit organizations are millionaires and billionaires. One sees the same names crop up again and again.  One could label them according to their …UN, News Media, Human Rights,

NBC has reached an agreement to broadcast news content provided by a media organisation run by a team that has ploughed millions of dollars into campaigning for Barack Obama and donated large cash amounts to organisations such as the George Soros affiliated MoveOn.org and the now defunct ACORN.


ProPublica: Funding: (Soros/Sandlers investment)

ProPublica is a non-profit corporation based in New York City. It describes itself as an independent non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.[2] In 2010 it became the first online news source to win a Pulitzer Prize, for a piece[3] written by one of its journalists[4][5]

Editor in Chief: Paul Steiger (born 1942) was managing editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1991 until May 15, 2007.[1] He is currently editor at large for The Wall Street Journal and a vice president of DOW JONES & Company (Dow Jones = Rockefeller). He chairs the Committee to Protect Journalists and has won numerous journalism awards. He is editor-in-chief of ProPublica, an “independent, non-profit newsroom”,[3] which commenced operations in 2008. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  [4]

General Manager – Richard Tofel is the general manager of ProPublica, a non-profit investigative journalism organization in New York. Previously, he was the president and chief operating officer of the International Freedom Center. Mr. Tofel took over that position in October 2004. He is a member of the board of trustees of Wildcat Service Corp., the advisory board of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Program in Economics and Business Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Tofel …On December 12, 2010, he married JANICE NITTOLI. (she worked for the Rockefeller Foundation as director of the Campaign for American Workers, program dedicated to public policy reform and providing workers with greater access to health care and retirement savings and income. She became President of the Century Foundation one year later.

Morton Abramowitz is a Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation. He’s also a director of the National Endowment for Democracy, and past  president of Carnegie Endowment for Internation Peace. Abramowitz and Mark Malloch Brown started the International Crisis Group. Brown (UN, oil for food/millenneum, friend of Soros, butted heads with Rush, Fox, Bolton), Abramowitz, and Fred Cuny (disappeared)  started ICG. Janice Nittoli, associate vice president and managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation, is currently President of the Foundation. Abramowitz along with Mark Mollach Brown who is a close friend of George Soros –  worked at the UN – defended Oil for Food and the missing $350 mil…

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)’s board of directors has included prominent US journalists including Christiane Amanpour, Tom Brokaw, Anne Garrels, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Gwen Ifill, Jane Kramer, Anthony Lewis, Dave Marsh, Kati Marton, Michael Massing, Victor Navasky, Andres Oppenheimer, Clarence Page, Norman Pearlstine, Dan Rather, John Seigenthaler, and Mark Whitaker.

NB: Propublica – won a Pulitzer Prize within a year of going online – no surprise as these Soros-type start-ups always get an award in order to give them prestige and  “credibility”.


Same people – same global stage – this time getting their Imperial Media Empire – “goebbel news” outlets in order. And Amazon bought the Washington Post and Jamie Gorelick’ on their board. What a wonderful world – at least for the elite Corporists! ( imo, Amazon has the best e-service in the world)

Why is corporist Omidyar lying about being concerned by the actions of the NSA since he’s always supported them? And his deal with Greenwald whose supposedly holding lots of high level NSA info is highly suspicious.

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