KCET & Link Media Announce Merger Establishing an Innovative Model for Public Television | KCET
KCET & Link Media Announce Merger Establishing an Innovative Model for Public Television
Combining state-of-the-art production,
global programming and digital innovation for the next generation public media
ANGELES AND SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 17, 2012 -- KCET, the nation's largest
independent public television station, and Link Media, an independent
non-profit media company that operates the Link TV national satellite network
and online international news portal, LinkNews (news.linktv.org), today announced a merger to create KCETLink,
a powerful new independent public transmedia company that acquires, produces and distributes
provocative global programming targeted to a national audience across
multiple media platforms.
newly-formed company will be available in 33 million households via DIRECTV and
DISH Network and 5.6 million households on KCET in
market. On TV, web and mobile platforms,
KCETLink will offer viewers more direct access than ever before to high-quality
culturally diverse content.
KCETLink will be
led by Al Jerome as Chief Executive Officer, with Link TV's CEO and President,
Paul S. Mason, becoming Chief Strategy Officer based in
headquartered in KCET's new state-of-the-art production facility in Burbank,
CA, where it will tap into the diversified, creative community on the west
a go-to, one-stop source for producers whose mission is to create high-caliber
combined resources, we are taking a bold step forward to become architects of a
new sustainable model for the industry to keep public media thriving as a vital
resource in the digital age," said Al Jerome, President and CEO of KCET.
is more than just a merger of two organizations, but an enormous opportunity to
reinvent the value and purpose of 'independent media' as a vitally important
source of cultural ideas, global connectivity and diverse perspectives in the
U.S.," said Paul S. Mason, President and CEO of Link TV, and an
Emmy-Award-winning veteran of ABC News.
Link Media, which harnesses the latest technology to
engage a next generation audience with breaking news from across the globe,
will join KCET's award-winning digital media team to focus
on developing new technology and programming for web and mobile, such as
an upcoming app that curates world news videos for the iPad and Google TV.
by a shared mission to bring powerful stories and
media to diverse audiences, the new KCETLink will be a single
organization supporting two distinct brands.
Link TV will continue to serve audiences via DIRECTV and DISH Network, providing
a wide array of rich, culturally focused programs that inspire, inform and
engage audiences with the world around them.
Hits include the internationally award-winning
drama series Borgen, which airs in the U.S.
exclusively on Link TV. The Daily Beast calls Borgen "The
best political show ever," and The New
York Times calls it "one of the best shows on American television."
Jan.1, LinkTV programming will be available on one of KCET's three digital
multi-cast channels in the Southern California market, providing viewers in the
11 counties of the Los Angeles market with access to Link TV's news,
documentaries and music from around the world. In addition, LinkAsia, a unique half-hour program
combining state news from Asia with trends and commentary bubbling up through
social media, will be added to KCET's current international news
primary channel will continue to air its own locally produced and acquired
explore the people, places and topics that are relevant to the vibrant region
of California that it remains committed to serving. Viewers will still be able to watch their
favorite original and acquired programs on KCET's schedule, including Doc Martin, Foyle's War, Primeval, Open Call, Huell Howser and SoCal
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 nightly television news program that
examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-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
Link Media & Link TV
Link Media uses media
and the power of stories to engage, inform and inspire its audiences to
participate in transformational, sustainable change on issues of global
importance. Founded in 1999, Link Media operates the Link TV national network
and the websites LinkTV.org,
An independent and non-commercial media company, Link Media acquires, produces
and delivers global news, documentaries and cultural programming over three
distribution channels: broadcast, Web and mobile devices.
Link TV is
available as basic service on DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel
9410, reaching more than 33 million US households. Select Link TV programming
also airs on 220 cable outlets, including in New York, Los Angeles and San
Francisco, reaching an additional 22 million homes. Link also streams
much of its content online at LinkTV.org. For complete background information,
program schedule and Internet streaming, go to LinkTV.org.
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