Bob Chitester is founder and chairman of the board of Free To Choose Network, a 501(c)(3) public foundation housing Free To Choose Media, an award-winning, global entertainment company which produces and distributes thought-provoking public television programs and series; izzit.org, an educational initiative that produces video-centric teaching units for a large network of K-College educators; and Free To Choose Press publishing company.
In 1977, Chitester and economist Milton Friedman undertook a film project which became Free To Choose, an award-winning PBS television series. The international best-selling book, Free To Choose, was based on the series and enjoyed sales in the millions. More than 30 years later, the series and book are still in wide use and have been profoundly influential.
Chitester has more than 50 years of experience in television management and program development. Working with TCI in Denver, CO, Chitester created Issues USA, a nightly half-hour program, whose alumni includes: David Asman, Eric Burns and Douglas Kennedy, currently regulars on the Fox Cable News Channel, Jonathan Karl of ABC News, and Richard Lowry, editor of National Review.
More than 500 projects have been launched through Free To Choose Media under his orchestration, ranging from documentaries, cable series and home video programs, many of which can be viewed under our media section. He is juggling a number of media projects in various stages of production, including Is America in Retreat?, a series on the role of the military in a free society, based on Bret Stephens’ America in Retreat; Work & Happiness: The Human Cost of Welfare; Trailblazers: The New Zealand Story; A More or Less Perfect Union with Justice Douglas Ginsburg; a biography of Thomas Sowell; and Andrew Coulson’s series, School, Inc., in partnership with New York’s WNET, as the presenting television station.
Free To Choose Media productions:
2018 - Sweden: Lessons for America?
2018 - The Price of Peace
2017 - Work & Happiness: The Human Cost of Welfare
2017 - Is America In Retreat?
2017 - School Inc.
2016 - The Real Adam Smith
2016 - Trailblazers: The New Zealand Story
2015 - India Awakes
2015 - Power to the People
2014 - Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring
2014 - Walter Williams: Suffer No Fools
2013 - Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives
2012 - Europe's Debt: America's Crisis?
2012 - Globalization at the Crossroads
2012 - Testing Milton Friedman
2011 - Free or Equal
2010 - Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years
2009 - The Power of the Poor
2007 - The Ultimate Resource
2007 - The Power of Choice