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About KCET

On-air, online, and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California.

In addition to broadcasting the finest programs from around the world, KCET produces and distributes award-winning local programs that explore the people, places and topics that are relevant to our region.

Whether it is through our broadcast, via cable, over digital platforms and devices, or from our extensive community outreach and education programs, KCET consistently delivers inspiring global content that informs, educates and enlightens millions of individuals in Southern and Central California.

Broadcast Area

Nearly two million viewers watch KCETLink's primary channel, KCET in the average month 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. 

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Distribution Platforms

KCET distributes commercial-free programming on three HD channels (KCET HD, KCETLink 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: kcet.org, linktv.org, social media sharing platforms as well as AmazonApple TV and Roku.

Additionally, KCET.org 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 kcet.org/watch.

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.