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April 26, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Financially strapped KCET-TV has sold its landmark Sunset Boulevard studio to the Church of Scientology for an undisclosed price, the station said. KCET will remain at 4401 W. Sunset Blvd. for as much as a year while searching for a new base of operations. The station is in discussions with several production facilities it might move into as a tenant or owner, President Al Jerome said. "We are now implementing Phase 2 of our transformation from a PBS affiliate to an independent public media center for the 21st century," Jerome said Monday in a statement.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2001 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A veteran KNBC Channel 4 newsman will be the new face at KCET Channel 28. Jess Marlow, whose 42-year career included a 27-year stint at KNBC as an anchor, reporter and commentator, is joining KCET's "Life & Times Tonight" later this month as an anchor of the news and public affairs program. Marlow, 71, is coming out of semiretirement Jan. 22 to host the daily series with continuing co-anchor Val Zavala.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
The board members of the J. Paul Getty Trust, moving to quickly fill the gap left by the resignation of their beleaguered leader, John Biggs, have named vice chairwoman Louise Bryson to take over his role. As chairwoman of the trust, Bryson, 62, will lead efforts to rebuild the organization after a year of scandalous revelations that prompted the resignations of several top executives and board members.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2011 | By Roger Vincent and Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Financially strapped KCET-TV is in talks to sell its landmark Sunset Boulevard studio to the Church of Scientology, according to people who know about the pending deal. The Los Angeles television station, which is struggling to rebuild viewership after its recent split from PBS, plans to move its operations to a smaller location, real estate brokers said. Station officials have been touring potential sites, brokers said. Terms of the potential deal were unavailable, but the 4.5-acre property at 4401 W. Sunset Blvd.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2002 | SUFIYA ABDUR-RAHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Californians often seem too spread out and diverse to have much in common, don't tell that to the state's public television executives. They've set out to unite California behind stories and issues through a weekly TV newsmagazine. "California Connected" will premiere Thursday at 9 p.m. in the seven distinct television markets across the state. Idealistic? Yes. Possible? Apparently.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 1997 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Life & Times," KCET-TV Channel 28's half-hour public affairs series, will go live five nights a week, beginning in January, station President and Chief Executive Officer Al Jerome said Wednesday. This will mark the first time in more than 20 years that KCET has had a live presence Monday through Friday nights. Only one of "Life & Time's" five weeknight editions currently airs live. The announcement came after the public television station's board on Tuesday adopted a $47.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 1988 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
Brandon Tartikoff, whose executive responsibilities at NBC expanded this week to include heading a new program development committee, says he hopes to have a weekly news magazine on the prime-time schedule next fall--something the network has tried unsuccessfully 12 times before. Indeed, said Tartikoff, president of NBC Entertainment and NBC Productions, he discussed ideas for such a series last month with NBC News President Michael Gartner and Gartner's top aide, Tim Russert.
NEWS
August 12, 2004 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles public television station KCET has landed a $10-million underwriting grant -- its largest ever -- from oil company BP that, combined with state cigarette tax money, will allow the station to launch two new daily half-hour shows aimed at improving teaching skills of preschool caregivers. The station, which has made the preschool education project a centerpiece of its revitalization efforts, will announce the grants today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2003 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
The academic senate of Orange Coast College voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to urge the sale of KOCE-TV Channel 50 to the highest bidder, in this case a religious broadcaster, in order to reap the most money possible for educational needs. Kevin Parker, president of the academic senate, said the faculty hopes money from KOCE's sale would restore some of the 500 classes lost because of budget cuts at the Costa Mesa community college.
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