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December 18, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Los Angeles brims with traditions this time of year, and every Christmas Eve for more than half a century, the city's many faiths have shared one stage. The annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration, which started as a 12-hour neighborhood talent show, will showcase 23 local music and dance groups from cultures near and far during a three-hour concert that's free to all and is broadcast on TV, radio and the Web. "It's really become what you do in L.A. on Christmas Eve, even if you don't celebrate Christmas," said Adam Davis, managing director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, which produces the program.
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November 28, 2012 | By Scott Collins
He was so good at talking to people on TV that "The Simpsons" gently mocked his folksy, aw-shucks demeanor. But now it looks as if Huell Howser intends to fade away without comment. Howser, the white-maned public TV host with the Southern accent who's famed for blurting out "That's amazing!" during interviews, has retired from making original episodes of his program "California's Gold," which travels around the state tracking down interesting people and places. The shows air on numerous statewide public TV stations, including KCET-TV Channel 28. Speculation that the 67-year-old Howser is seriously ill has been circulating among local TV industry veterans in recent weeks, and insiders reported that he has not been seen for months at his Los Angeles office.
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November 5, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Eight a.m. used to be crunch time for Madeleine Brand. She'd rise at 4:45, arrive each weekday at Pasadena radio station KPCC by 6, and be fully immersed in a frenzy of rewriting and editing during the critical last hour before 9, when "The Madeleine Brand Show" went live. But on this drizzly Wednesday morning, clad in sweats, a loose wool cardigan, red clogs and not a scrap of makeup, Brand, her hair pinned into a messy bun, relaxes at a local hipster cafe over an 8 a.m. coffee.
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October 18, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
KCET Vice President of News and Public Affairs Val Zavala and KNBC investigative reporter Joel Grover will be presented with the Bill Stout Memorial Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism by an advocacy organization chaired by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Community Advocates Inc. will honor the two journalists Nov. 15 at the Taper Auditorium of the Riordan Central Library in downtown Los Angeles. KNBC's Fritz Coleman will serve as master of cemeonies for the event, which is free and open to the public (RSVPs are required)
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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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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.
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September 6, 2012 | By Scott Collins
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.
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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.
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May 6, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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.
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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.
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