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In the News: Reactions to KCET Leaving PBS | KCET


In the News: Reactions to KCET Leaving PBS

Over the coming weeks and months, we'll be sharing articles and links that shed light on the many changes KCET is undergoing.

It's likely no surprise to anyone reading this that there were many strong initial responses to the news that KCET was ending its relationship to PBS. But there were also those who were excited by the prospect of locally-minded, independent public television. Web luminary Doc Searls, one of the authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and currently fellow at both the the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and the Center for Information Technology & Society at UC Santa Barbara, called leaving PBS a brave move [full story]:

Similarly, Jessica Clark - Knight Media Policy Fellow at the New America Foundation, and the research director at American University's Center for Social Media - and Ellen Goodman - law professor at Rutgers University - wrote in today's Los Angeles Daily News that "KCET could redefine local programming [full story]:"

Properly reflecting the richness of diverse communities is hard enough, but it is impossible for the local affiliates of national networks forced to carry full national schedules. A recent Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting report charged that "public television is failing to live up to its mission to provide an alternative to commercial television, to give voice to those 'who would otherwise go unheard' and help viewers to 'see America whole, in all its diversity,' in the words of public TV's founding document[full story]:"

The goal of the new KCET is to put the public firmly back into our public television - and not just any public, but the many diverse, local voices of Southern California.

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