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KCET
The text "KCET" is displayed in black color, with the C and E stylized to look like the infinity symbol.
Los Angeles, California
United States
Branding KCET
Slogan Local. Global. Connected.
Channels Digital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 28 (PSIP)
Subchannels
Translators List of rebroadcasters
Affiliations Non-commercial educational independent
(to rejoin PBS in 2018)
Owner KCETLink Media Group
(KCETLINK)
First air date September 28, 1964 (54 years ago) (1964-09-28)
Call letters' meaning
  • Committee for Educational Television
  • Community Educational Television
  • -or-
  • Cultural and Educational Television
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • channel 28 (UHF, 1964–2009)
  • Digital:
  • channel 59 (UHF, 2000–2009)
Former affiliations Primary/DT1:
NET (1964–1970)
PBS (1970–2011)
DT3:
PBS World (2007–2011)
MHz Worldview (2011–2013)
V-me (2006–2017)
Transmitter power 155 kW
Height 926 metres (3,038 feet)
Facility ID 13058
Transmitter coordinates 34°13′26″N 118°3′44″W / 34.22389°N 118.06222°W / 34.22389; -118.06222
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website kcet.org

KCET, channel 28, is a non-commercial educational, independent television station located in Los Angeles, California, United States. The station is owned by KCETLink. KCET maintains studios located at The Pointe (on West Alameda Avenue and Bob Hope Drive, between The Burbank Studios and Walt Disney Studios complexes) in Burbank, and its transmitter is located atop Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains (north of Sierra Madre).

History

Background of educational television in Los Angeles

KCET was actually the second attempt at an educational station in the Los Angeles area: KTHE, operated by the University of Southern California, had previously broadcast on channel 28, beginning on September 22, 1953.[1] It was the second educational television station in the United States, signing on six months and four days after KUHT in Houston, but it went dark after nine months due to its primary benefactor, the Hancock Foundation, determining that the station was too much of a financial drain on its resources.

Station history

Early history, as an NET station

KCET – the calls of which stand for either Committee for Educational Television, Community Educational Television, or Cultural and Educational Television – first signed on the air on September 28, 1964 as an affiliate of National Educational Television (NET). The station was originally licensed to the non-profit group Community Television of Southern California (CTSC).[2] Part of the station's initial funding came from four of Los Angeles's commercial stations–KNXT (channel 2; now KCBS-TV),[3] KNBC (channel 4),[4] KTTV (channel 11)[5] and KCOP (channel 13)[6]–along with grants from the Ford Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.[7] KCET initially broadcast in black and white from Monday through Friday.[8] James Loper, a co-founder of CTSC, served as the station's director of education from 1964 to 1966 and then vice president and general manager from 1966 to 1971.[9] Loper then served as president of KCET from 1971 to 1983.[9][10] Creative Person -- John Burton. This 30 minute film biography of Glass artist and Philosopher John Burton was the first color film commissioned by KCET-TV Los Angeles in 1965. It won the first two Los Angeles area Emmys for KCET for John Burton, and for the production by George Van Valkenburg.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EIbr1KhIgI Van Valkenburg also produced a one hour documentary film titled Paris Air show 1967 for KCET.

Prior to applying for and receiving a construction permit to build the new channel 28, CTSC attempted to acquire one of Los Angeles's seven existing VHF commercial stations. In 1968, Community Television of Southern California emerged as a potential buyer of KTLA's channel 5 license from then-owner Gene Autry,[11] but could not raise the cash needed to make a serious offer.[12] If CTSC succeeded in moving KCET to channel 5, the move would have mirrored a similar occurrence seven years earlier in the New York City area, where local broadcasters assisted a non-profit group in purchasing commercial independent VHF station WNTA-TV and converting it into non-commercial, educational WNDT (it is now WNET).

As a PBS member station

KCET's longtime studios in Los Angeles.
KCET's longtime studios in Los Angeles.

On October 5, 1970, KCET became a charter member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) at the programming service's inception. For most of the next 40 years, it was the second most-watched PBS station in the country and occasionally produced programs distributed to PBS and to individual public television stations. The station served as Southern California's flagship PBS member station, with San Bernardino-licensed KVCR (channel 24) – which the San Bernardino Community College District signed on the air on September 11, 1962 –.as the service's original sole secondary outlet. KCET gained additional competitors when the Coast Community College District signed on Huntington Beach-licensed KOCE-TV (channel 50) on November 20, 1972, and the Los Angeles Unified School District signed on secondary Los Angeles member KLCS (channel 58) on November 5, 1973.

In 1971, KCET purchased the former Monogram Pictures property on 1725 Fleming Street (now Hoover Street) in a historic area of East Hollywood – which was used as a film and television studio from 1912 to 1970 – to serve as the station's headquarters, an acquisition assisted in part by financial contributions from both the Ford Foundation and the Michael Connell Foundation. The building was renamed the Weingart Educational Telecommunications Center and housed KCET's master control, digital control rooms, ingest, and editing stations on the first floor and engineering, and new media operations, and news and public affairs departments on the second floor.

In 1994, KCET and Store of Knowledge Inc., a Carson-based company, launched the KCET Store of Knowledge in 1994 in Glendale as the first of many partnership stores with PBS affiliates.[13] In 2004, as part of its image-reclaiming public relations after the Gulf oil spill, BP started granting KCET half the funding for preschool shows including "A Place of Our Own" and "Los Ninos en Su Casa", a Spanish language version. The other half of the $50 million grants for the show and supporting outreach programs came from First 5 California plus additional funding from a secret donor. The show would win Peabody and local Emmy awards and be shown national over PBS. KCET renamed its production studio to BP Studios in thanks.[14]

PBS included BP's and other grants for the two pre-school shows in its complex progressive dues structures, even though the grants came with the stipulation that they could not be used for administrative costs. The PBS dues for KCET had previously been $4.9 million but with the grants included the dues increased by 40% to close to $7 million. Other large funding sources that had previously been counted on were shrinking and thus could not be tapped to pay the dues. KCET's request that these specific grants which were restricted to show production only not be counted towards the dues owed was denied; PBS executives indicated that PBS stations were expected to anticipate their dues and increase their reserves to pay them and therefore would not grant special treatment for KCET. With the January 2010 1/2 year payment coming up, KCET offered to reduce their status to a secondary affiliation, reducing the dues owed to a total of $1.3 million; due with CPB paying $750,000 and a special campaign to raise the rest. PBS rejected the offer, insisting the station to remain as the primary affiliate.[14]

As an independent public television station

On October 8, 2010, KCET announced that it could not reach an agreement to remain with PBS, and would end its partnership with PBS after 40 years to become an independent public television station – the second-largest such station in the United States in terms of market size, behind WNYE-TV in New York City – on January 1, 2011. KCET station management cited unsolvable financial and programming disputes among its major reasons for leaving PBS. After channel 28 left PBS, KOCE-TV replaced KCET as the area's primary PBS station.[15][16] Prior to the new affiliation arrangement, KCET discussed plans to purchase KOCE-TV from its licensee, the Coast Community College District, but later opted to not place a bid for the station. A consortium involving Southern California's PBS stations–KCET, KOCE, secondary Los Angeles affiliate KLCS and San Bernardino-licensed KVCR–was also proposed to be formed to unite various functions, certain programming, fundraising and marketing, to save money.[17] however, KCET passed on the offer.

On February 4, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fined KCET $10,000 for failure to make its public file available for inspection by the general public.[18] On March 30, 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported that KCET was in negotiations to sell the Hollywood studio to the Church of Scientology, with KCET relocating to a smaller location following the sale, in light of KCET's sharp decreases in ratings and pledges following disaffiliation from PBS.[19] The sale of the property, which was sold for $45 million, closed on April 25, 2011, with part of the proceeds going towards KCET's leasing of the studios until new facilities were found.[20][21][22] KCET relocated to a new complex in a high-rise state-of-the art building, The Pointe, in April 2012, located in Burbank. The move left CW affiliate KTLA (channel 5) as the last remaining radio or television broadcaster in Los Angeles that maintains studio facilities in Hollywood, as other area stations have moved their operations to other L.A.-area neighborhoods and cities within the region.[20] At the end of the 2011 Fiscal Year, contributions and grants to KCET decreased even further, down 41% from the previous year to $22.3 million.[20]

In August 2011, KCET and Eyetronics Media & Studios (a company owned by former Walt Disney Company executive Dominique Bigle) agreed to partner on producing or acquiring Southern California-focused original series.[23]

Formation of KCETLink

In October 2012, KCET announced it intended to merge with San Francisco-based Link Media (owner of non-commercial satellite network Link TV) to form KCETLink, a joint non-profit venture based in Burbank operating as a single 501(c)(3) multimedia organization; under the terms of the agreement, KCET would also add Link TV on one of the station's digital subchannels. KCETLink reaches a much wider broadcast audience that includes Link Media's 33 million subscribers on DirecTV and Dish Network, and KCET’s 5.6 million households in Southern and Central California.[24] On January 5, 2015, Michael Riley, former executive at ABC Family (now Freeform), was named the new CEO of KCETLINK (replacing Al Jerome, who exited in March 2014).[25]

Merger with KOCE, planned return to PBS

On April 25, 2018, KCETLink Media Group and the KOCE-TV Foundation announced that they would merge. KOCE will remain the primary PBS station for the market, but KCET will return to the network as a secondary member, and both stations will continue to provide their existing programming services. Once the merger is completed, KOCE will move from its Costa Mesa facility to the current KCET facility in Burbank, while maintaining the Costa Mesa location as a secondary facility. In a joint statement, the two organizations stated that this merger would "[combine] PBS SoCal's beloved quality programming and community engagement excellence with KCETLink's passion for creating smart, original content that captures the spirit of the region."[26][27]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[28]
28.1 720p 16:9 KCET HD Main KCET programming
28.2 480i KCETLnk KCETLink
28.3 N H K NHK World

Subchannels

In 2006, KCET launched a digital channel, KCET Desert Cities, for digital television and cable for the Coachella Valley. (In September of that year, KCET announced a similar channel for Orange County in partnership with California State University, Fullerton to be launched in late 2007, when it replaced a simulcast of KCET's analog signal.)[29] In August 2007, KCET began carrying PBS and American Public Television's cultural, news and history-oriented network PBS World on digital subchannel 28.4, and the Spanish language educational network V-me on digital subchannel 28.3.

With KCET discontinuing its membership with PBS on January 1, 2011, KCET restructured its subchannel offerings; KCET-DT 28.2 converted to children's programming service under the brand KCET Kids & Family, itself a conversion of KCET Desert Cities and KCET Orange (with programs seen on the respective channels being shifted to KCET’s main channel to occupy a daytime lifestyle block), while PBS World was replaced by MHz Worldview on KCET-DT4. (V-me programming continued to be carried on KCET-DT3.)[30] KCET primary subchannel offered themed nights during the first year of operation.[31] On January 1, 2013, as a byproduct of the Link Media merger, LinkTV – under the brand "KCETLINK," which replaced the channel's national feed on local cable and satellite providers and simulcasted LinkTV-licensed content – replaced KCET Kids & Family on digital subchannel 28.2.

On August 5, 2013, KCET replaced MHz Worldview with NHK World on subchannel 28.4. (MHz Worldview moved to a subchannel of KLCS-DT.)[32] On March 30, 2017, KCET ceased carrying V-Me on its subchannel as the network transitioning to a commercial ad-supported channel. KCET is in the process of determining what might replace the network. It was replaced by KCETLink+ on the same day.[33] KCETLink+ was eventually shut down and NHK World moved up to the 28.3 subchannel with its former 28.4 subchannel discontinued.

Analog-to-digital conversion and spectrum incentive auction

KCET began transmitting a digital television signal on UHF channel 59 in 2000. From that point on until 2007, the majority of the programs (outside of most that aired during prime time) that were carried on KCET's main channel – which, like most PBS stations that transmitted digital television signals during that time period, served as a designated high definition feed – differed from the schedule maintained by its analog UHF channel 28 signal (which was simulcast on digital subchannel 28.2). In August 2007, programming from the main signal was integrated into the HD subchannel to accommodate for spectrum space, while at the same time preserving the integrity of the HD transmissions.

The station shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 28, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal operated on a high-band UHF channel (in the 52 to 69 channel range) that was removed from broadcast use after the official June 12, 2009 transition date; as a result, KCET selected its former analog channel allocation on UHF channel 28 for its post-transition digital operations.[34]

On September 10, 2014, it was announced that after negotiations with KLCS's licensee, the Los Angeles Unified School District, KCET and KLCS will consolidate their broadcast signals onto one over-the-air channel band, so the remaining wireless spectrum can be divested during the FCC's 2016 spectrum incentive auction. Both stations will retain separate licenses.[35][36] Earlier in the year, KLCS had participated in a trial of channel sharing with KJLA.[37][38][39][40]

Programming

While it acted as the flagship PBS station for the Pacific Time Zone, for the most part, KCET mainly acted as a distributor of Los Angeles-based productions for other independent producers, rather than producing much programming in its own right for the national PBS system.[41] It produced the acclaimed Carl Sagan series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage from 1978 to 1979. KCET produced or presented Hollywood Television Theater, The Cousteau Odyssey, Trying Times, and the Hispanic family drama American Family for PBS, and was one of the consortium of stations that produced American Playhouse.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, KCET produced a six-part miniseries in conjunction with the BBC called Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State.

As of 2007, productions include its award-winning and signature news and public affairs program Life & Times hosted by Val Zavala]. Huell Howser's California's Gold was produced at the KCET lot, until the series ended following Howser's death in 2013.

KCET also produced the weeknight talk show Tavis Smiley and a PBS science show, Wired Science. A television program designed for care-givers, A Place of Our Own and its Spanish language equivalent, Los Niños en Su Casa are taped at the KCET studios, produced with a grant from BP.

A few children's programs have also come from KCET – Storytime, The Puzzle Place, Adventures from the Book of Virtues, The Charlie Horse Music Pizza, and Sid the Science Kid (the latter now airing on KOCE).

KCET also produced California Connected, a television newsmagazine about various people, places and events throughout California, co-produced with KQED in San Francisco, KVIE in Sacramento, and KPBS in San Diego. This series ended its run in 2007 after five seasons.

Karen Foshay, Judy Miller, Justine Schmidt, Bret Marcus, John Larson and Rick Wilkinson of KCET at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards for SoCal Connected: Up in Smoke
Karen Foshay, Judy Miller, Justine Schmidt, Bret Marcus, John Larson and Rick Wilkinson of KCET at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards for SoCal Connected: Up in Smoke

On December 9, 2010, KCET announced its new program schedule after its disaffiliation from PBS in 2011. Programming included movies; travel, science, and drama programs, Britcoms and news programs, as the station maintains their relationship with program syndicators American Public Television and NETA, among others, which allow non-PBS stations to air their programming. Some of the programs that were announced and/or continued on the new lineup include Globe Trekker, Rick Steves' Europe, Burt Wolf: Travels and Traditions, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, The McLaughlin Group, Inside Washington, BBC World News, Keeping Up Appearances, As Time Goes By, Visiting With Huell Howser,[42] and KCET's newsmagazine, SoCal Connected.[43]

KCET's 2012 schedule included Open Call a weekly series showcasing arts and culture in Southern California hosted by opera singer Suzanna Guzmán; expansion of its interview program, LA Tonight with Roy Firestone; Your Turn to Care, a four-part documentary about caregivers hosted by Holly Robinson Peete; the BBC crime drama Inspector George Gently; the British ITV dramedy, Doc Martin; and Classic Cool Theater, a showcase of classic films, cartoons and newsreels.[20]

Programming additions in 2015 include Moone Boy, Death in Paradise, Border Blaster & Earth Focus. Shows licensed on LinkTV that aired on KCET in 2014 including Arab Labor and Borgen are also part of the ongoing schedule. KCET added more programs a few years later such as Zula Patrol and Wunderkind Little Amadeus.

Rebroadcasters

KCET utilizes several repeaters to extend its coverage:

Call sign Analog channel Digital channel City of License Ownership Notes
K16FC-D no 16 San Luis Obispo KCET originally on channel 15 as K15BD, displaced for KSBY-DT
K26FT-D no 26 Santa Barbara KCET
K28GY-D no 28 Santa Barbara, etc. KCET
K46II-D no 46 Bakersfield KCET
K47CC-D 47 47.1 Victorville KCET
K41CB-D no 41.4 Lucerne Valley KCET Standard Def. (No Microwave Reception, uses DSS as a source)
K14AT-D 14 no China Lake, etc. Indian Wells Valley TV Booster
K31JM-D no 31 (soon) China Lake, etc. Indian Wells Valley TV Booster currently holds a construction permit
K51DD-D no 51 Ridgecrest Indian Wells Valley TV Booster

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