KCET Receives American Public Television's Programming Excellence Award for 2011



Los Angeles - Nov. 21, 2011 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, has been honored by American Public Television (APT) with the 2011 Programming Excellence Award for its BBC World News broadcast.


The prestigious award, which KCET received at an APT ceremony this month in Memphis, TN, acknowledges programs that demonstrate outstanding production values through scope of content, execution, and degree of creativity. Programs and series that receive the award also must provide extraordinary content, above-average ratings and carriage, and demonstrate general production excellence, according to APT.


"Receiving this award means a great deal to us," said Bohdan Zachary, KCET's vice president, Broadcasting & Program Development. "As a public television station we are very honored to be recognized by such a beacon of quality in public media like APT for BBC World News which is renowned for its journalistic integrity the world over."


APT distributes various top-rated programs to KCET, including the travel show Globe Trekker; the highly acclaimed British comedy series Doc Martin; and the recent Daytime Emmy Award-Winning Simply Ming and Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope. In addition, KCET will be airing APT's new public television program, Moyers & Company, beginning January 2012.


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 offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. 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 47-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.


About APT

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America's public television stations since 1961. Since 2004, APT has distributed approximately half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children's series and classic movies, including For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots, A Ripple of Hope, Rick Steves' Europe, NHK Newsline, BBC World News, Moyers & Company, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope, America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated, Lidia's Italy, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, Murdoch Mysteries, Doc Martin, Rosemary & Thyme, and APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched and nationally distributed Create® - the TV channel featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming. APT is also a collaborator in the WORLD?¢ channel and website. For more information about APT's programs and services, visit APTonline.org. For more information on Create, visit CreateTV.com. For more information about WORLD visit WORLDcompass.org.


About BBC World News

BBC World News, the BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour news and information channel, is owned and operated by BBC World News Ltd, a member of the BBC's commercial group of companies.  BBC World News is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 300 million households and 1.8 million hotel rooms. The channel's content is also available on 134 cruise ships, 40 airlines, 23 mobile phone networks and a number of major online platforms including bbc.com/news.  For further information on how to receive BBC World News, download schedules or find out more about the channel, visit bbc.com/tvschedule. 


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