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About KCET

Employees of Public Media Group of Southern California

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 54-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit Our programs are accessible for free through four broadcast channels, and available for streaming at, on the PBS App for mobile devices and connected TV platforms Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, VIZIO TV, Samsung and Amazon Fire TV.

Broadcast Area

Nearly two million viewers watch KCET in the average month in 11 Counties across Southern California: from as far north as San Luis Obispo, as far south to San Diego and as far east to the Nevada / Arizona border. 



Distribution Platforms

KCET distributes commercial-free programming on three HD channels (KCET HD, KCET Create 28.2 and NHK World Japan 28.3). Over the last few years, KCET has shifted its focus to adapting content for the digital age. In addition to broadcast and cable, KCET Original programming (and select acquired programs) is available to stream through various digital delivery systems:,, social media sharing platforms as well as the PBS Video app.

Additionally, continues to produce content specifically for these platforms. Some recent initiatives include Tending Nature, The Migrant Kitchen, and City Rising: The Informal Economy.

Beginning in 2017, KCET Originals have been distributed nationally to public media stations across the United States, in partnerships with N.E.T.A and Marigold Media. Several productions have achieved over 70% national carriage.

KCET is a content channel of the Public Media Group of Southern California, formed by the 2018 merger of KCETLink Media Group and PBS SoCal.

KCET Studios

KCET Studios creates diverse original content that matters and makes a difference in the world.  From eye-opening documentaries, to trusted news as well as interesting arts and culture programming, KCET Studios produces award-winning authentic content that both entertains and informs.

Many KCET Studios productions can be found at

About Public Media Group of Southern California

The Public Media Group of Southern California (PMGSC) tells stories that matter through original programs that reflect the diversity of the region, and the full schedule of trusted PBS programs. Our content channels – PBS SoCal, KCET and Link TV – are available for free on internet-connected screens, seven local broadcast channels, and one national satellite channel.

A donor-supported community institution, PMGSC sparks the sharing of ideas at in-person cultural events and community conversations, and delivers social impact through services that prepare our most vulnerable children for school.