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.
September 7, 2012
KCET-TV is expanding "SoCal Connected. " The former PBS station, now based in Burbank, will make the award-winning news and public affairs show a nightly offering starting Oct. 29. Anchored by Val Zavala, "SoCal Connected" grew out of "Life & Times," KCET's nightly local news show that aired from 1992 to 2001, followed by "California Connected" for five seasons and then "SoCal Connected. " Until now, "SoCal Connected" has been weekly. Last season, "SoCal Connected" won a public service award from the Los Angeles Press Club for exposing lavish spending at the Housing Authority of Los Angeles.
September 6, 2012 |
KCET-TV is expanding "SoCal Connected. " The former PBS station, now based in Burbank, will make the award-winning news and public affairs show a nightly offering starting Oct. 29. Anchored by Val Zavala, "SoCal Connected" grew out of "Life & Times," KCET's nightly local news show that aired from 1992 to 2001, followed by "California Connected" for five seasons and then "SoCal Connected. " Until now, "SoCal Connected" has been weekly. “We're excited to now have the opportunity to provide our loyal viewers with informative news and revealing reports about the most pressing issues affecting Southern California residents on an expanded basis,” said Bret Marcus, the show's executive producer as well as KCET's chief content officer.
May 9, 2012 |
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.
May 6, 2012 |
It's been more than 31/2 politically and culturally eventful decades since the BBC debuted "I, Claudius," the now iconic political drama set in ancient Rome that shocked and amazed audiences, first in the United Kingdom and then the United States. The recent release of an anniversary-edition DVD reminded many that no matter how many naked breasts, bloody beheadings or incestuous liaisons"Game of Thrones" or"The Borgias" serve up, no matter how much spiritual and political rot is examined by"Breaking Bad" or "Homeland," there is no topping the vicious intrigues, vindictive violence and general depravity of Rome as depicted first by novelist and historian Robert Graves and then by screenwriter Jack Pullman and director Herbert Wise.
April 19, 2012 |
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.
April 8, 2012 |
Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán hosts "Open Call," KCET's new Thursday evening show featuring performances at Southern California's top arts schools and institutions. The L.A. native maintains an active performing schedule - her next gig is singing the role of Bertha in San Diego Opera's production of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville," opening April 21 - and helps groom young artists as the director of L.A. County High School for the Arts' Office of Community Engagement. Tell me about "Open Call.
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.
December 20, 2011
SERIES The O'Reilly Factor: Former President Bill Clinton makes his first-ever appearance on this Bill O'Reilly-hosted news-and-commentary program (5 and 8 p.m. Fox News). The E! True Hollywood Story: The hip-hop record producer known as Timbaland, responsible for hit tracks by Justin Timberlake and others, is profiled in this new episode (9 p.m. E!). Chopped: The culinary challenge returns for another season (10 p.m. Food). Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel: Mr. Gumbel and guests engage in a round-table discussion of some of the year's hottest sports stories (10 p.m. HBO)
November 19, 2011 |
A year ago, KCET-TV, Southern California's longtime PBS flagship and the local home of classy fare such as "Sesame Street" and "Charlie Rose," took a gamble that baffled many of its viewers: It ended its relationship with PBS. Since its Jan. 1 exit, bad news has been piling up. Viewers have defected by the thousands; the station now averages just 20,000 tune-ins a night during prime time. Donations from both corporations and "viewers like you" have ebbed. Programming has swung toward an odd melange of foreign-based news, lifestyle shows such as "Kimchi Chronicles" (about Korean cuisine)