KCET Contributes Local News Coverage On The Top International Stories of 2011





December 23, 2011---KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California with 2.8 million viewers, has announced that through its strategic partnerships with top global news partners and its own local production of news specials, it's been able to air quality coverage of the world's top breaking stories in 2011 to the Southern California community.


According to The Year In News report by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism released this week, the top news stories of the year included the economy, the Japanese earthquake/tsunami, the 2012 presidential election, Middle East unrest, Osama bin Laden and health care, among others.


With daily feeds from BBC, Al Jazeera, NHK and IBA, KCET was able to air breaking stories on all these critical issues affecting the Southland's global community through its international news block from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. unique to Southern California.


In addition, the station presented specials on its hard-hitting news magazine SoCal Connected on how these issues affected our local community, including:

·      The Economy:  A Survival Guide

·      In the Shadow of 911

·      Egypt on the Edge 2

·      Disaster in Japan

·      Lot 354 Mortgage Crisis

·      State of the State

·      State of the Union

·      Filling a Need: The Health Insurance Crisis


"KCET is proud to be able to take stories breaking on the international landscape and make them relevant to our local community with thorough quality coverage from our SoCal Connected team and our global news partners," said Al Jerome, KCET's president and chief executive officer.


In 2012, KCET will expand its news line-up with two critically acclaimed programs including Night Business Report Jan. 1, 2012 and Moyers & Company Jan. 13.



Notes to the editor about KCET news:

·         KCET was the first American station to air Al-Jazeera English

·         KCET distributes BBC World News America to Public Television in the U.S.

·         KCET's SoCal Connected has earned the Peabody and duPont-Columbia awards, 14 Emmy® Awards, 15 Golden Mikes, 18 LA Press Club Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009,



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. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its more than 40-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.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, Web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.


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