A Denver public television station is planning a nonprofit investigative news operation with a Web site and on-air program.
KBDI-TV said this week it will launch the project when it raises an initial $400,000.
A news release didn’t set a target date. Wick Rowland, KBDI’s president and CEO, says the project will ask for tax-deductible donations from community members, corporations and foundations–similar to the donor base for public television.
The operation will be called Colorado Public News. The editor-in-chief is Ann Imse, who was a reporter for the now-closed Rocky Mountain News.
Rowland says the venture is in response to “the reduction of significant investigative journalism” nationally and locally.