Pubcaster KCET Merges With Link Media

The newly formed KCETLink will be available beginning January 1 in 33 million households via DirecTV and Dish Network as well as 5.6 million in Southern California, where KCET, the nation’s largest indie pubcaster, is based. KCET boss Al Jerome will be CEO. The tie-up comes just about two years after KCET dropped its PBS affiliation after serving as its flagship West Coast station for the past four decades, at the time citing the need for greater programming flexibility and a fee reduction. KCETLink will operate out of KCET’s new Burbank facility after it sold its longtime studio on Sunset to the Church of Scientology. Here’s the official release:

LOS ANGELES AND SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 17, 2012 –– KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, and Link Media, an independent non-profit media company that operates the Link TV national satellite network and online international news portal, LinkNews (, today announced a merger to create 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. (more…)

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