KCET Offers Morning International Newscasts



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Los Angeles - March 4, 2011 - KCET expands its international news offerings with the addition of a daily one-hour block of morning newscasts beginning on Monday, March 7, with BBC World News, airing Monday through Friday at 6:00 a.m., and Al Jazeera English News, airing daily at 6:30 a.m. Encore broadcasts of BBC Newsnight will air Saturday and Sunday mornings at 6:00 a.m. The move continues KCET's commitment to providing international news from some of the world's most respected newsgathering organizations.

In response to the uprisings in the Mideast, KCET began airing Al Jazeera English News on February 1 as part of an international news block from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. The programming consists of BBC World News (5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.) and NHK Newsline (5:30 p.m.); Al Jazeera English News (4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) and Israeli Broadcast Authority's IBA News (4:30 p.m.). In addition, KCET now airs Al Jazeera English News live at 11:00 p.m.  

"KCET is offering international news three times a day in response to growing audience demand," said Bret Marcus, KCET Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer. "With what's going on in the world right now, that diverse reporting - from BBC, Al Jazeera Live, NHK and IBA-- is vitally important to our viewers. KCET is pleased to bring our audience another access point with early-morning broadcasts of BBC World News and Al Jazeera English News."

KCET is the only major broadcaster in Southern California offering Al Jazeera English News, which can also be seen on KCET's multicast digital channel MHz Worldview. Schedules are available at kcet.org. 



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