What Would You Want to See on the New KCET?

With the impending loss of the PBS programming on January 1, 2011, KCET is going be looking to significantly overhaul its on-air schedule. Keeping in mind that the station is looking to expand it's coverage of local issues and themes, what would you want to see on air? Arts coverage? City politics? Hollywood / entertainment industry news? Los Angeles history? Immigration issues? Let us know in the comments below.

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Drama, there are so many good actors in LA who perform at local theaters, I would like to see some of them. Coverage of local arts and spiritual activities in LA would be good.. The only place that covers spiritual events in LA is Roy of Hollywood on KPFK, and he is in the middle of the night. Maybe you should get him on the air. As a publicist, It is so difficult to get coverage of local events in LA. It is not possible to reach a live body at KCET. If KCET were more accessible to event coverage in LA, that would be an advantage to everyone.

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With the impending loss of PBS, you have pretty much lost my interest in KCET and I suspect much of your audience and support.

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We don't want to see a NEW KCET. The main purpose of KCET is the great programming of PBS. Your management is doing the WRONG thing. Why do you abandon your educated audience. KCET without PBS is just another local station, nothing special at all. The rumors are that there is a political reason for all this. The Fox news following wants to keep the public ignorant of the news and educational programs of PBS. Wake up. Keep PBS.

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Will KCET still be able to get programs from American Public Television? If so, then I really want to see The Desert Speaks. As should be obvious from my screen name, I love the desert. I used to watch this show a lot when we had the old "PBS HD Channel". I haven't been able to see it since December 2008. I would also like to see Farmer's Almanac TV (I think that is an APT show, but I'm not sure).

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When I heard the news of the "New KCET", I was devastated. I was just about to send in my annual donation, so that this great station could maintain its great PBS Kids programming, and my heart sank. This is so devastating for my toddler, who greatly enjoys watching the PBS Kids shows as he begins his day, and he has always loved Captain Infinity and all the other in-between programming you had.
I can't imagine a plain-old local station filling the need of all the devoted fans of the "Old KCET".
I guess we can thank BP for not only the messed up Gulf Coast, but also for causing our beloved KCET to have to give up PBS. So sad.

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Sadly, I will not be renewing our family membership to KCET. I am hoping that Cox Cable in Santa Barbara chooses another PBS station for its lineup which I can support.

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For me, the PBS programming is the best part of KCET. The new schedule looks dull. Also, there are none of the great public affairs programs that PBS provides, not to mention the American Experience, Masterpiece. I have seen all of Prime Suspect, have no interest in cooking and travel shows.

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I want to see PBS programming! That's the reason I watch and contribute to KCET. My son loves the PBS kids programming and my husband and I love the PBS documentary shows, such as Frontline. If KCET insists on going independent, then I will not be watching in January. I will redirect my viewership - and membership contributions - to another public station, such as KOCE or KLCS, that carries our beloved PBS programming.

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As Los Angeles is such an international place, and as local issues hold little interest for me (I was a Masterpiece Theatre fan), I would humbly suggest that you buy some programming from MHz in Washington, DC. They have a fantastic line up of international mysteries (Detective Montalbano, Maigret), international news, and Strictly Global (a show of music videos from around the world). Just a thought.

http://www.mhznetworks.org/about/mhz/

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I suggest that with all of the great music and arts in the Los Angeles area, you start there. I for one stand with you and your station telling PBS that there is a price to pay for arrogance & inflexibility. Yes from now when PBS is gone, we can say it started in LA.

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Until KCET can create its own "stable" of programs, how about looking at Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Television New Zealand, and Australian Broadcasting for arts, comedies, documentaries, dramas, children's, cooking, science, and news. While I like the BBC programs, there are other parts of the world that are also producing high-quality programming in English.
For all of the people upset about the KCET decision to leave PBS, since it is s done deal, let's channel the "pro-PBS" energy into helping KCET replace the PBS programming with stuff worth watching and worth being a KCET member for. While the PBS programs will now be seen on KOCE, KCET really has the potential to follow the example of Minnesota Public Radio which has successfully produced alternative programming to NPR.

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I just saw your show on ADD. It showed a heavy emphasis on pharmaceutical "solutions" to problems that do not even have well defined symptoms, much less well defined medical causes. I would very much like to see coverage of the non-medicinal approaches to actually solving these problems, rather than just masking them with mind numbing drugs. If you can do this, then I might be convinced that the station still has the interests of its viewing public and not merely the corporate interests represented in this show. Please, please, maintain some sense of true public service through this transition.

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What I would like to see is: the firing of KCET management for screwing up a perfectly good PBS station. Second, I would like a challenge on the next KCET license renewal since KCET stopped serving the LA public a long time ago. The license that KCET was for being a PBS station, now that it is not, then it should give it up.

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It sure as hell is NOT Al Jazeera English News. Or any other kind of AJ news.

Do you guys really want to fade into oblivion?

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I am very disappointed about the changes in the programs, especially the evening business report, BBC News and the McNeil Lehrer reports.
I do enjoy travel logs but not during the most important times in the evening.
Unfortunately I will no longer support the station unless the programming changes.
In addition the programs during the evening like Nova, Need to Know, Mystery on Sundays I have to find now on KOCE.
I am saddened about all those changes.

Uli

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What do I want to see on KCET? How about programming that is technically correct? Why does KCET insist on transmitting letterbox standard definition programming on the high definition channel? Do you really think that we like seeing black borders on all four sides with a tiny video in the middle? Even worse is that the video is not cropped properly so there is a green bar on the left side of the start of the video. Really nice KCET to see black borders then a green bar and a tiny little video and then more black borders.

Do you really think that your viewers are that stupid not to notice?

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How could you drop The News Hour? This puts you in the "dumbing down of America" just like commercial stations. Forget any further contributions to your station.

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I am very glad you added The Desert Speaks. It would be better if it were on the main channel in high definition, but standatd definition on subchannel 2 is better than nothing. This was one of my favorite shows back when we had the 24 hour "PBS HD Channel" and I am very happy to be able to watch it again.

All in all, the new KCET is better for viewers in Bakersfield since it means much less duplication with KVPT. We now have access to a lot of shows that weren't available in this market until now. I wish you could convince Bright House cable to add the main channel in high definition and to add the subchannels. I currently have to flip the A/B switch, go into my tv's set-up menu and switch to "air" and use the over the air signal on low power channel 46 in order to watch KCET. Reception of channel 46 is sometimes a problem. There are frequent pixellations and audio dropouts. Being available on cable would make things much better.

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We love Doc Martin. This is so superior to other TV programs airing now. We enjoy the well written, funny and at times touching story. We hope you are planning on showing series 3 and 4 too.

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I'd like to see more homegrown concerts by local video producers. Inspired by both your big budget concerts by such music luminaries as David Foster's roster of singers and your wonderful tradition of broadcasting the LA CITY COUNCIL's Holiday Concert from the Dorothy Chandler I've shot similar concerts by the Chinese 3 Tenors and other members of the Chinese Community performing the music of Fei Chiao (now in his 80s, composer of over 200 pieces of music for orchestras of both western instruments and chinese instruments as well as singers). Similarly, I've shot some wonderful concerts of the Pierce Symphonic Wind Orchestra (over 100 wind instruments made up of a combination of professional recording musicians, hobby musicians, and student musicians). I'd love to see more of these kinds of concerts in addition to the famous name brand celebrity concerts. I'm sure there are others out there in the local LA area that have shot (and produced) excellent musical concert footage that would be an excellent addition to your weekend programming. Austin City Limits shows what one city diverse in it's ability to appreciate talent can do. Los Angeles could use a showcase program such as that to show off the wonderful musical talents based here that aren't given their proper exposure on the airwaves since they don't fit the 'brand name, big star' narrow confines of popular decision making producers. These other concerts are well attended but rarely broadcast. Some food for thought. Once a year near the holidays is very nice. But perhaps year round would be even nicer. Cheers.

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I'm deeply saddened by the separation from PBS; their shows were about 80% of my reasons for watching KCET, and for annually supporting the station. I enjoy the travel and cooking shows, but will miss the unbiased news reporting--Jim Lehrer Newshour and Washington Week in Review, particularly.

Here in the Coachella Valley, those of us without digital cable now have no source for those shows. As a result, I will not be renewing my subscription.

I was always taught that working from inside a system (TV networks, politics, etc.) was the most effective way of achieving changes. Sorry that's not worked out for you. It's a loss for all of us, and I'm sure that PBS could have used your help in fending off this year's funding cutoff proposals that are sure to come from the Republican Congress.

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Long live independent thought. I am excited about what the future holds for KCET. I really like the Strictly Global Music Show, Eye openers documentaries, BBC World, and Al Jazeera English that KCET is airing on its extra channel. Want to see more of these types of programming and more independent films and kids programming. Keep up the good work KCET is the best.

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Thanks for your comment, Btank! The response to our airing of Al Jazeera has been overwhelmingly positive. We'd like to continue airing the channel more prominently even after the current crisis in Egypt.

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I would like to see the great PBS programming that was the reason my family and I have been loyal KCET members for years. The first I heard of this change in programming was while watching the only news program I have trusted for decades, NEWSHOUR. The programs that I have tried out on the new KCET are horrible. Not sure what management and the board was thinking, but this decision will cost KCET my loyalty and donations. Horrible, horrible decision!