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August 19, 2006 | Jeff Gottlieb and H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writers
The state Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a lower court decision that voided an Orange County community college district's sale of its PBS TV station to a foundation with close ties to the district. The high court's action Thursday is the Coast Community College District's latest setback in its attempt to justify the sale of its station to the nonprofit KOCE-TV Foundation.
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October 3, 2006 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Operators of Orange County's public television station vowed Monday to continue their fight to keep KOCE out of the hands of a religious broadcaster, after the governor's weekend veto of a bill crafted to keep PBS programming on the channel. That legislation would have allowed the sale of KOCE to a foundation that bears its name, despite Daystar Television Network's being the highest bidder.
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July 21, 2005 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
An attorney for Daystar Television Network told trustees of an Orange County college district Wednesday that his client would sue them today for not selling KOCE-TV, its PBS station, to the Christian broadcaster. The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified monetary damages, charges that the Coast Community College District violated the Constitutional protection of freedom of religion by not selling Channel 50 to the Dallas-based religious broadcaster.
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September 2, 2006 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
State lawmakers approved a bill late Thursday allowing an Orange County community college district to sell a public television station to a foundation backed by wealthy, influential figures for $18 million less than what it would fetch on the open market. The bill cleared the state Assembly and Senate with the minimum votes necessary for passage and now heads to the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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March 12, 2004 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
The religious broadcaster that was rebuffed in its bid to buy Orange County's PBS station has offered to drop its lawsuit and set aside part of its digital signal for public broadcasting if it is allowed to buy the station.
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October 3, 2006 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Operators of Orange County's public television station vowed Monday to continue their fight to keep KOCE out of the hands of a religious broadcaster, after the governor's weekend veto of a bill crafted to keep PBS programming on the channel. That legislation would have allowed the sale of KOCE to a foundation that bears its name, despite Daystar Television Network's being the highest bidder.
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March 3, 1996 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For KOCE-TV newsman Jim Cooper, it wasn't such a big deal that he used to try to scoop a young reporter named Dan Rather when they both covered then-President Richard M. Nixon in San Clemente. And he won't even mention--unless prompted--that he reported live for CBS News on Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's assassination in Los Angeles in 1968.
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August 6, 1999
Calling it an asset worth protecting, several prominent local leaders expressed opposition Thursday to the possible sale of KOCE-TV, Orange County's public television station. At the very least, their concerns could complicate talks between KOCE and representatives of USC and Chapman University, two schools that have expressed interest in acquiring the station. It is valued at between $29 million and $35 million, according to a recent appraisal.
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November 4, 1999 | MARC BALLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trustees at Orange Coast Community College District were surprised to learn Wednesday night that KOCE-TV executives have continued discussing the sale of the public broadcasting station to other universities. The board had said in August it didn't want to sell Orange County's PBS affiliate and had asked the station's staff to review options that would let the district keep the operation.
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November 17, 1999 | MARC BALLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of discussion and rumors about its sale, KOCE-TV operators have received a bid for the Orange County-based PBS affiliate from Chapman University, according to officials for Coast Community College District, which holds the station's broadcast license. District spokeswoman Ann Garten confirmed receiving the bid, but on Tuesday declined to release a copy or reveal the amount offered by the university in Orange.
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August 19, 2006 | Jeff Gottlieb and H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writers
The state Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a lower court decision that voided an Orange County community college district's sale of its PBS TV station to a foundation with close ties to the district. The high court's action Thursday is the Coast Community College District's latest setback in its attempt to justify the sale of its station to the nonprofit KOCE-TV Foundation.
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August 2, 2006 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
An assemblyman has quietly introduced legislation to allow an Orange County community college district to sell its public television station to a well-connected local foundation for less money than a Dallas-based televangelist network has offered. The bill was introduced in late June by Tom Umberg (D-Anaheim) after a court ruling voided the 2004 sale of KOCE-TV to the foundation because it was not the highest bidder, as the law requires.
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June 23, 2006 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County community college district will appeal to the state Supreme Court a decision to void the sale of its PBS station to a foundation with close ties to the district. The Coast Community College District's board of trustees, which governs Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa and Coastline Community College based in Fountain Valley, voted late Wednesday to appeal the 4th District Court of Appeals decision regarding the sale of KOCE-TV.
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June 21, 2006 | Hemmy So, Times Staff Writer
The televangelist network embroiled in a fight for Orange County's PBS station has resurrected its $25.1-million purchase offer and further offered to pay any sale-related legal claims against the college district that owns KOCE. But the offer by Daystar Television Network may mean little because of legal questions surrounding the station's sale to a local foundation.
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May 27, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
A state appeals court for the second time ruled Friday that an Orange County community college district should not have sold its public television station to a foundation instead of televangelists who offered more money. The 4th District Court of Appeal said the Coast Community College District can either keep KOCE-TV or put it up for sale again. The district already has transferred the station and broadcast license to the nonprofit KOCE-TV Foundation, and neither is sure what will happen next.
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April 22, 2006 | Juliet Chung, Times Staff Writer
Orange County's PBS television station is moving to Santa Ana after spending 33 years on the campus of Golden West College in Huntington Beach. KOCE-TV Channel 50 plans to move in August into the space left by the defunct Orange County NewsChannel in the Orange County Register's headquarters, station President Mel Rogers said Friday.
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July 10, 2005 | Dana Parsons, Dana Parsons' column appears Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He can be reached at (714) 966-7821 or at dana.parsons@latimes.com. An archive of his recent columns is at www.latimes.com/parsons.
I've never watched the Daystar Television Network, but I can confidently say its programmers aren't interested in the Joe Louis-Max Schmeling saga. Probably a little too much punching for a Christian broadcasting station. Too bad. The Louis-Schmeling story, which unfolded in the late 1930s in the United States and Germany, offers a terrific history lesson, not to mention a couple of great knockouts. It tells the tale of an American hero, Joe Louis.
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July 26, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
A state appeals court agreed Monday to review its decision to reverse the sale of Orange County's PBS station, a month after calling the Coast Community College District's decision not to sell KOCE-TV to a Christian broadcaster "the rankest form of favoritism." The 4th District Appellate Court's action might include another hearing, but the justices are more likely to reexamine materials already filed.
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July 26, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
A state appeals court agreed Monday to review its decision to reverse the sale of Orange County's PBS station, a month after calling the Coast Community College District's decision not to sell KOCE-TV to a Christian broadcaster "the rankest form of favoritism." The 4th District Appellate Court's action might include another hearing, but the justices are more likely to reexamine materials already filed.
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July 22, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Daystar Television Network on Thursday sued the Coast Community College District for not selling its PBS station to the Christian broadcaster, saying it was a violation of freedom of religion. The district last year sold KOCE-TV Channel 50 to a foundation controlled by community and business leaders. A state appeals court overturned the sale last month.
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