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August 25, 2006
Re "Another Setback for Seller of O.C.'s Public TV Station," Aug. 19 Memo to Daystar Television Network: The vast majority of Orange and L.A. county residents want KOCE to continue as a public television station. We do not want your programming on Channel 50. Kindly drop your meddling, which is serving only to drain precious resources from the coffers of the KOCE-TV Foundation that would otherwise be invested in facilities and programming to provide education and entertainment, as opposed to your intended use of these airwaves for proselytizing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2006 | Dana Parsons
OK, no more religious metaphors from me when it comes to writing about KOCE-TV's future. No more insinuations that one side is doing the work of, you know, that guy with the pitchfork. I riled some of the key local players enmeshed in the increasingly tense and testy question of what will happen to KOCE, Orange County's PBS affiliate that was sold in 2004 to the local foundation that had been operating it -- a sale voided by a state appeals court.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2002 | MIKE ANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's public television station would remain locally owned and controlled under a proposal by the station's fund-raising foundation. The KOCE-TV Foundation has made a bid to acquire the license and take over operations of the station from the Coast Community College District and to fund KOCE's conversion to digital broadcasting, foundation officials said Thursday. A price wasn't disclosed.
OPINION
August 25, 2006
Re "Another Setback for Seller of O.C.'s Public TV Station," Aug. 19 Memo to Daystar Television Network: The vast majority of Orange and L.A. county residents want KOCE to continue as a public television station. We do not want your programming on Channel 50. Kindly drop your meddling, which is serving only to drain precious resources from the coffers of the KOCE-TV Foundation that would otherwise be invested in facilities and programming to provide education and entertainment, as opposed to your intended use of these airwaves for proselytizing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2004 | Susan Anasagasti, Times Staff Writer
The winning bidders for KOCE-TV have failed to come up with the cash needed for a down payment, but the community college district selling the station voted Thursday to extend the deadline since the sale has yet to receive federal approval. Coast Community College District Trustee Armando Ruiz cast the lone dissenting vote in the board's 4-1 decision, which gives the KOCE-TV Foundation until Aug. 5 to come up with the cash he said was necessary to fulfill the sales contract.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2003 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
In a move to preserve Orange County's only public television outlet, KOCE-TV boosters have joined with Los Angeles PBS affiliate KCET-TV to make a combined bid for the financially struggling station. At the same time, San Diego State University's KPBS-TV has abandoned its bid, citing the expected cost and a desire to strengthen the hand of the KOCE-TV Foundation against an array of rivals, including televangelist groups.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2004 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
With less than two weeks to spare, the KOCE-TV Foundation announced Wednesday that it had secured the $7.9-million down payment to buy and preserve Orange County's public television station. The announcement marks a milestone in the saga of Coast Community College District's efforts to sell KOCE-TV.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2004 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
The troubled deal to preserve Orange County's community college-owned PBS station got shakier Wednesday as final details emerged that one college trustee said is unacceptable to a board majority. Trustees of the Coast Community College District agreed in October to sell KOCE-TV to a foundation controlled and supported by some of Orange County's wealthiest business executives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2006 | Dana Parsons
OK, no more religious metaphors from me when it comes to writing about KOCE-TV's future. No more insinuations that one side is doing the work of, you know, that guy with the pitchfork. I riled some of the key local players enmeshed in the increasingly tense and testy question of what will happen to KOCE, Orange County's PBS affiliate that was sold in 2004 to the local foundation that had been operating it -- a sale voided by a state appeals court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2004 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
In a last-minute effort to appease Orange County community college trustees and save a deal to preserve the local PBS station, KOCE-TV Foundation officials said Monday they could secure a bank loan to buy the station without exposing the district to financial risk. "The obstacles as we understand them have been removed," said foundation President Bob Brown. "[The deal] should be approved. I'm hoping and praying it's going to happen."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2004 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
With less than two weeks to spare, the KOCE-TV Foundation announced Wednesday that it had secured the $7.9-million down payment to buy and preserve Orange County's public television station. The announcement marks a milestone in the saga of Coast Community College District's efforts to sell KOCE-TV.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2004 | Susan Anasagasti, Times Staff Writer
The winning bidders for KOCE-TV have failed to come up with the cash needed for a down payment, but the community college district selling the station voted Thursday to extend the deadline since the sale has yet to receive federal approval. Coast Community College District Trustee Armando Ruiz cast the lone dissenting vote in the board's 4-1 decision, which gives the KOCE-TV Foundation until Aug. 5 to come up with the cash he said was necessary to fulfill the sales contract.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2004 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
In a last-minute effort to appease Orange County community college trustees and save a deal to preserve the local PBS station, KOCE-TV Foundation officials said Monday they could secure a bank loan to buy the station without exposing the district to financial risk. "The obstacles as we understand them have been removed," said foundation President Bob Brown. "[The deal] should be approved. I'm hoping and praying it's going to happen."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2004 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
The troubled deal to preserve Orange County's community college-owned PBS station got shakier Wednesday as final details emerged that one college trustee said is unacceptable to a board majority. Trustees of the Coast Community College District agreed in October to sell KOCE-TV to a foundation controlled and supported by some of Orange County's wealthiest business executives.
OPINION
August 10, 2003
Re "Religious Networks Bidding for KOCE," July 26: Will KOCE-TV Channel 50 stop broadcasting top-rated shows like "Sesame Street," "Barney & Friends" and "Arthur"? What about "The News Hour With Jim Lehrer," "Real Orange," and the essential educational programs like telecourses that celebrate the Coast Community College District's legacy of community involvement? Religious broadcasters are among those interested in bidding for the county's only public-TV station. It appears that these big-money-based televangelists are forming innocuously friendly groups like Community Television Educators of Orange County and Community Educational Television Inc. Don't be fooled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2003 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
In a move to preserve Orange County's only public television outlet, KOCE-TV boosters have joined with Los Angeles PBS affiliate KCET-TV to make a combined bid for the financially struggling station. At the same time, San Diego State University's KPBS-TV has abandoned its bid, citing the expected cost and a desire to strengthen the hand of the KOCE-TV Foundation against an array of rivals, including televangelist groups.
OPINION
August 10, 2003
Re "Religious Networks Bidding for KOCE," July 26: Will KOCE-TV Channel 50 stop broadcasting top-rated shows like "Sesame Street," "Barney & Friends" and "Arthur"? What about "The News Hour With Jim Lehrer," "Real Orange," and the essential educational programs like telecourses that celebrate the Coast Community College District's legacy of community involvement? Religious broadcasters are among those interested in bidding for the county's only public-TV station. It appears that these big-money-based televangelists are forming innocuously friendly groups like Community Television Educators of Orange County and Community Educational Television Inc. Don't be fooled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Arguments in a state appeals court Tuesday focused on whether a Christian broadcaster has the right to sue the Coast Community College District for rejecting its bid to buy Orange County's public broadcasting station. The 4th District Court of Appeal is reviewing a decision to reverse the sale of KOCE-TV to the KOCE-TV Foundation. Attorneys for KOCE and the foundation contend that the Daystar Television Network cannot sue the district because it used another company name to submit its bid. A Daystar lawyer said the district was trying to bar televangelists from buying the station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2002 | MIKE ANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's public television station would remain locally owned and controlled under a proposal by the station's fund-raising foundation. The KOCE-TV Foundation has made a bid to acquire the license and take over operations of the station from the Coast Community College District and to fund KOCE's conversion to digital broadcasting, foundation officials said Thursday. A price wasn't disclosed.
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