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.
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.
January 7, 2013 |
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
February 9, 2012 |
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.
October 17, 2012 |
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.
April 19, 2013 |
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.