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January 25, 2011
Finding viewers continues to be a challenge for KCET-TV. Through the first three weeks of the year, the public broadcaster has been averaging 19,000 households in prime time, a 38% plunge compared with the same period last year, according to the Nielsen Co. KCET, once the West Coast flagship of PBS, exited the network at the end of last year after months of disputes over fees and other issues. As bad as the prime-time ratings are, the total-day numbers are even worse.
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April 14, 2014 | By Scott Collins
KCETLink, the struggling parent company of former PBS outlet KCET-TV, has added two more boldface names to its board of directors. Jeffrey Levine is the vice president and head of television for Random House Studio, a film production arm of the well-known book publisher. Dan German is the founder and general partner of Fort Mason Asset Management, a money management firm in San Francisco. BEST TV OF 2013 Lloyd | McNamara The additions bring the total of directors at KCET to 21. That includes Al Jerome, KCET's longtime chief who recently announced his upcoming retirement.
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April 9, 2010
KCET wins Peabodys KCET has won an Edward R. Murrow and two Peabody Awards. The station's weekly news program "SoCal Connected," received Peabody honors for "Up in Smoke," an investigation into the proliferation of medical marijuana facilities in the Los Angeles region, and "Cannabis Cowboys," an insider's view of a 36-hour sting operation to destroy marijuana crops run by drug cartels inside California national parks. The PBS broadcast of "Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times," presented nationally by KCET, also earned a Peabody Award.
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March 19, 2014 | By Scott Collins
KCET-TV will have to navigate the storm it now faces without its longtime captain. Al Jerome, who has run the troubled public TV outlet for the last 18 years, announced Tuesday that he would be stepping down from the organization, even as mounting financial woes threaten to overwhelm it. Jerome, 71, said he plans to retire in the next six months while he helps Burbank-based KCETLink, which now runs the station, find a new chief executive....
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January 7, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
KCET announced that "SoCal Connected" will air a special episode Monday in memory of Huell Howser, the longtime host of KCET's "California's Gold," "Visiting With Huell Howser," "California's Golden Parks" and "California's Green. " Cameraman Luis Fuerte, who worked with Howser for most of his career, and producer Phil Noyes will share their memories along with author and historian D.J. Waldie. KCET executives Al Jerome and Mary Mazur are also scheduled to appear. The special airs at 5:30 p.m. and repeats at 10. ALSO: Huell Howser dies at 67 Huell Howser: Career in pictures Huell Howser: On "California's Gold," he was main attraction
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August 23, 1997
I was disappointed that in her Calendar piece "KCET Chief Leads Station Into Expansion Era" (July 21), Judith Michaelson didn't bring up the most significant change at KCET during Al Jerome's tenure--the increased use of commercials on our public television station. Jerome has allowed corporations to expand their involvement from mere "acknowledgment" of program underwriting to full-blown commercials that show their products and announcers who repeat corporate slogans. I believe these same corporations are also involved in dictating the content and style of programming on the public airwaves.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2003
I continue to see articles about KCET and its financial future ("KCET Adjusts Its Focus," by Elizabeth Jensen, Aug. 17). Why is membership down and why are corporate sponsors so few? Could it be their moving "Masterpiece Theatre" and "Mystery" to a new night, or some night, or no night? Or perhaps their left-wing anti-business stance? Maybe it's the interminable pledge breaks. I tuned in several times to the doo wop night and saw more of the numbskull producer than I did any of the groups.
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February 9, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
KCET-TV is trying to forge ahead without PBS, but it's doing so with far fewer donations than in the past. The network, which severed ties with PBS last year, announced a new slate of spring programming Wednesday, including documentaries and a BBC detective series import, that executives hope will attract new viewers — and, potentially, new donors. But financial documents obtained by The Times show that the station's balance sheet has taken a big hit since it left PBS at the start of 2011.
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April 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Times are tough for KCET-TV. The former PBS outlet announced Friday that it would lay off 22 employees, or nearly one-fifth of its staff, as it completes a merger with the Bay Area satellite provider Link Media. Now called KCETLink, the Burbank-based nonprofit entity is scrambling to reposition itself as a "transmedia" company that provides content to mobile devices and other platforms as well as televisions. The company has hired a well known PR firm, Rogers & Cowan, to help manage its image during the transition.  PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The harsh belt-tightening has been dictated by poor financial results.
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October 17, 2012 | By Scott Collins
KCET is writing the next chapter in its story: a merger with satellite network Link TV. Formerly the Los Angeles area's PBS flagship, KCET will merge with Link to form KCETLink, "a powerful new independent public transmedia company that acquires, produces and distributes provocative global programming targeted to a national audience across multiple media platforms," according to a news release. The new outlet will be available in 33 million U.S. homes through DirecTV and Dish Network, according to the companies.
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February 24, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Southern California musicians will gain a new avenue for exposure with the arrival of “Studio A,” a weekly television series spotlighting bands and performers from the region that is set to premiere March 4 at 10 p.m. on independent public TV station KCET and simulcast on KCSN-FM (88.5). Chelsea Wolfe will be profiled in the premiere episode, and Best Coast, Chicano Batman, Aloe Blacc, Run River North, Noah and the Megafauna, the Internet and Deap Valley are due in coming weeks of the series, which aims to showcase the diversity of the Southern California music scene.
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December 23, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Nearly a year after he died, beloved television host Huell Howser is being commemorated with a special tribute on KCET. The channel -- the nation's largest independent public television station -- issued a call to fans to vote on their all-time favorite episodes of Howser's shows "California's Gold" and "Visiting with Huell Howser. " Each episode of the former, which was Howser's most popular show, features Howser introducing viewers to very special places and people in California.
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July 10, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson
James L. Loper, a founder and former president of KCET Channel 28 who helped build the public broadcasting station into one of the nation's leading noncommercial outlets, has died. He was 81. Loper, who went on to oversee the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences , died Monday at his Pasadena home, his family said. No cause was announced. An Arizona transplant, Loper was a doctoral student at USC in the early 1960s when he joined a small group, the Committee for Educational Television, that was trying to establish a public broadcasting station in Los Angeles.
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April 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Times are tough for KCET-TV. The former PBS outlet announced Friday that it would lay off 22 employees, or nearly one-fifth of its staff, as it completes a merger with the Bay Area satellite provider Link Media. Now called KCETLink, the Burbank-based nonprofit entity is scrambling to reposition itself as a "transmedia" company that provides content to mobile devices and other platforms as well as televisions. The company has hired a well known PR firm, Rogers & Cowan, to help manage its image during the transition.  PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The harsh belt-tightening has been dictated by poor financial results.
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March 28, 2013 | By Scott Collins
"SoCal Connected" might be going dark for good.  The award-winning nightly news show on KCET-TV has just wrapped up its fifth season, but staffers fear the program won't be coming back because of lack of funds. "As happens every year, there are questions about the show's future," Bret Marcus, the show's executive producer and a senior vice president at the station, wrote in a statement. "And the answer is always the same: 'SoCal Connected' depends on public funding and we don't know at this time what that funding will be. " PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The picture looks much darker than in years past, however.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2013 | By Meg James
Longtime Public Broadcasting Service executive Andrew Russell is joining PBS SoCal as chief operating officer as the public television station ramps up its operations to better serve Southern California. Russell, who currently serves as PBS' senior vice president for strategy and research, has more than 18 years' experience with PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, where he helped shape PBS' prime-time schedule and developed the Ready-to-Learn service for pre-school children.
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January 1, 2011
As KCET officially becomes an independent public television station Saturday, no longer affiliated with the Public Broadcasting Service, a few more of its former programs have found homes. "Tavis Smiley," formerly seen on KCET weeknights at 7 and 11 p.m., will now be seen weeknights at 11 on KOCE, beginning Monday. "The Charlie Rose Show," which used to follow "Tavis Smiley" on KCET at 11:30 p.m., will now be airing opposite it at 11 p.m. on KVCR, also beginning Monday. With KCET dropping out of PBS in a dispute over dues, KOCE is now the noncommercial network's primary affiliate in the L.A.-Orange County area, offering such staples as "PBS NewsHour," "Nova," "Masterpiece," "Sesame Street," "Frontline" and "Great Performances.
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August 7, 2010 | James Rainey
The honchos over at KCET weren't quite prepared for the sound and fury vented by their audience this week when they let it slip that the station might drop out of the Public Broadcasting Service. So until they got their talking points straight, the public television operators shut down the switchboard for a couple of hours Wednesday. When the lines reopened later that day, KCET operators got an earful about the potential loss of "Nova" and "The News Hour" and questions about what replacement programming might be on the way and why those dreary pledge drives must drag on so long.
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January 7, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
KCET announced that "SoCal Connected" will air a special episode Monday in memory of Huell Howser, the longtime host of KCET's "California's Gold," "Visiting With Huell Howser," "California's Golden Parks" and "California's Green. " Cameraman Luis Fuerte, who worked with Howser for most of his career, and producer Phil Noyes will share their memories along with author and historian D.J. Waldie. KCET executives Al Jerome and Mary Mazur are also scheduled to appear. The special airs at 5:30 p.m. and repeats at 10. ALSO: Huell Howser dies at 67 Huell Howser: Career in pictures Huell Howser: On "California's Gold," he was main attraction
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2012
The Broadway season has not been kind to David Mamet. The playwright has seen his new drama "The Anarchist" close after less than a month, and a highly touted revival of "Glengarry Glen Ross," starring Al Pacino, has earned unenthusiastic reviews. Finally, there was some good news for Mamet on Wednesday. The producers of "Glengarry" announced that the revival has recouped its reported initial investment of $3.3 million. It is the first Broadway production of the 2011-12 season to do so, they said.
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