After months of fundraising The People’s Voice finally broadcast a couple of months ago. Yesterday, so called ‘journalist’ Sonia Poulton departed.
Before talking about this and the future of The People’s Voice let’s look at the statements so far from both sides.
Today I have left The People’s Voice. I didn’t want to. I have put my heart and soul into it but I have become aware that to stay there is very bad for the things I stand for and fight for. I will be issuing a statement soon. Thank you for all the wonderful support. New plans already underway. – Sonia Poulton’s Facebook
Sonia Poulton has decided to leave The People’s Voice today after threatening to walk out in the middle of a live show if she didn’t get her way. This was the third time that she had threatened to walk out if her view did not prevail and she chose to leave after a discussion about her behaviour during the live show and other matters.
We thank Sonia for her efforts over the last few weeks since The People’s Voice has been on air.
If TPV is going to succeed everyone must work together for the common good and treat each other with equal respect.– The People’s Voice [statement later removed]
I am aware of the statement put out by The People’s Voice regarding my departure today. I can state, with absolute certainty, that the reason given was not even mentioned at this morning’s meeting. It was the ‘other matters’ that was the cause of my leaving. I hope you can bear with me as I gather myself to release a statement of full events from the start of my time at TPV until the finish.- Sonia Poulton’s Facebook
And then this posted on the Icke Forum which I include just for the irony of it.
Please lets stop the speculation here until all announcements have been made, thank you.
Right, let’s start with The People’s Voice.
What a wasted opportunity.
Although it was never going to be my sort of thing there was a place for an Alternative Media broadcast outlet in the UK. Judging by the amount of money raised through donations from ordinary people, there was small section of the public who would have appreciated it greatly.
However, when hundreds of thousands of pounds started to roll in and the plans became more elaborate and diverged from a business model which would have ensured its long term future, it wasn’t that hard to foresee that it was all going to end badly.
You’d have thought that a project that was primarily supported by Alternative Media enthusiasts and built upon a successful internet presence would have proceeded more cautiously and utilised the modern media more effectively.
Instead as the pounds rolled in and the zeros accumulated at the end of the project’s ‘seed money’, the ‘organisers’ lost sight of the reason why so many ordinary individuals had donated in the first place, they became delusional and ambitious and began to spend all the money like a group of stoned teenagers making a late night trip to the petrol station foraging for munchies.
A project that should have started small with a couple of enthusiastic and talented amateurs, the support and contribution of Icke forum members and using Skype and then built up, instead ballooned into a financially unsustainable operation with a London studio, staff, and ‘professional’ presenters.
Instead of concentrating on what made it different [what advertisers call its ‘Unique Selling Point’], the ‘organisers’ decided to emulate the MSM and attempted to compete with it.
As for Sonia Poulton…
She styles herself as a ‘journalist’, she is not. A journalist has integrity and does research. Sonia Poulton is just a women with an opinion on everything. Her media résumé is only indicative of the desperation that day time television have in finding a ‘talking head’ and the willingness of a newspaper run on a shoestring to find someone cheap to fill in a column or two. (and when I say “cheap” I mean that in every sense of the word.)
Anyone could have done as good a job as Sonia Poulton and it would have cost virtually nothing, and maybe that’s the point.
When so many ordinary individuals donated to The People’s Voice what did they hope for ? Are they not ‘people’? Do they not have a voice ?
If the project had any validity it surely must have been to give these people a voice instead of Sonia Poulton. Isn’t that what the internet and the Alternative Media is all about ?
As you can see, I’ve included a quote from an Administrator from the Icke forum shutting down any speculation. They’re all for free speech and asking difficult questions except when you’re asking about their own vested interests.
Of course The People’s Voice is still going, even if it is running out of your money fast but it won’t be too long before it goes under and I suspect the dismissal of Sonia Poulton has as much to do with eeking out what little money is left than any professional disagreement.
But unless it changes very quickly it’s only a matter of time before the last of the money disappears and The People’s Voice stops broadcasting.
And then the questions and recriminations will start…
How much money did The People’s Voice raise through donations ?
How many staff did they employ and who were they ?
In short, where did all the money go ?
Certainly, those that have donated have a right to ask these questions and receive answers.
As I mentioned earlier, it really is a wasted opportunity and the incompetence and recklessness shown by those in control will certainly hamper any attempt in the future to do the job properly.