Funding will support BBC World News Programming on Public TV
BURBANK, CA─ February 1, 2013-KCETLink has been awarded a $200,000 program grant over two years from Newman's Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. The award to KCETLink reflects the ongoing commitment of Newman's Own Foundation to support open dialogue and promote civic engagement.
KCETLink will utilize the grant to support the marketing and distribution of BBC World News to public television in the United States. Newman's Own Foundation has been a key underwriter of BBC World News since KCETLink began distributing the program in 2008.
"We are grateful to be the recipient of this generous grant from Newman's Own Foundation to ensure that KCET can continue to deliver such high-quality global news and perspectives from the BBC to public television--the only place where viewers can access the resources of the BBC for no cost," said Al Jerome, Chief Executive Officer of KCETLink.
"Paul Newman believed that the independent voice played a critical role in making our world a better place," said Robert Forrester, President of Newman's Own Foundation. "He was a strong supporter of public broadcasting, and we are proud to maintain that support through our funding of KCETLink."
Paul Newman established the Foundation in 2005, as a means of continuing his pledge to donate to charity all net profits and royalties from the sale of products from Newman's Own, Inc. Since the food company's founding in 1982, Newman and Newman's Own Foundation have donated more than $370 million to thousands of charities worldwide.
KCETLink is the newly formed national independent public transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media. A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV and DISH, in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems. KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink. For additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.