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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.
May 27, 1993 | From Reuters
Hotel guests will soon be able to click on the television and pick a film from a library of video titles, developers of a new transmission system said Wednesday. The new high-tech operation, which promises to deliver high-clarity images, will be the product of a joint venture announced by two Texas-based companies: Spectradyne in Richardson and EDS in Dallas.
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.
October 13, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
That broadcast television is fundamentally a local medium has been made clear by the case of KCET, which has just declared its independence from PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service. This ends a relationship that goes back more than four decades, a relationship that began, indeed, with the network's predecessor, NET (for National Educational Television), in the days when cutting-edge TV technology meant the UHF tuner required to bring the station in. (We called it "Channel 28" in those pre-cable days.
May 9, 2012 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
The company introduced last year as a financially powerful production partner for KCET-TV has been reduced to a tiny operation that has been late on some of its bills, according to several people familiar with the company. In addition, the company relied on mass-market DVDs, and not just its own archive, for some segments of a nostalgia program it makes for the public television station, according to these people. Four people who have worked for Eyetronics Media & Studios said in interviews that they and others had gone without pay for as long as six weeks during the last year.
April 19, 2012 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
KCET-TV pushes into its second year of independence from PBS with a new headquarters, a new slogan and new pledges about the thoughtful and provocative shows it will produce about Southern California. "Where the story really gets good," the fresh tag line declares. Management hopes it also applies to KCET's attempts to go it alone as one of the nation's handful of independent public television stations. Chief Executive Al Jerome said in a recent interview that KCET was making "really good progress" in its three-year plan to create a winning destination without public TV name brands such as "Sesame Street," "NewsHour" and the hit"Downton Abbey.
November 14, 2009 | Christopher Reynolds
Winter D. Horton Jr., a broadcasting pioneer who co-founded KCET in Los Angeles, helped shape the nation's public television programming in the 1960s and later was appointed to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Board of Directors, died of natural causes Thursday in Pasadena. He was 80. Born June 2, 1929, in San Gabriel and educated at the Midland School in Los Olivos and Pomona College in Claremont, Horton got his first taste of show business at 19, as a gofer for his uncle, stage and screen actor Edward Everett Horton.
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.
"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.
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