KCETLink announced today it will eliminate 22 full-time positions as part of a reorganization following its merger. KCET and Bay area-based Link Media announced in October that they were joining forces to create the national independent public media organization KCETLink. That merger came about two years after KCET dropped its PBS affiliation after serving as its flagship West Coast station for some 40 years. In a statement today, KCETLink said the decision to eliminate the 22 positions followed a close examination of every facet of the consolidated organization. “These are challenging and transformational times that require us to make difficult financial and operational decisions for the continued health of the organization in order to create a public media organization that can grow in the 21st Century,” said Al Jerome, KCETLink’s Chief Executive Officer. “In addition, we have to factor digital innovation into every decision moving forward, which has required us to design a new paradigm that operates multiple platforms simultaneously and continues to offer engaging new productions to our viewers.”
KCET’s digital first series Artbound, Ballot Brief and Departures, along with several new productions currently in development will continue, according to KCETLink. Other transmedia projects in the pipeline include the recently released Link TV World News mobile app; Stand Up Planet! a multi-platform comedy/reality series focused on issues of global development which is currently in production in India and South Africa; as well as newly acquired films Shadows Of Liberty and The Power Of Two.