A Los Angeles television station that has had some struggles lately is losing the executive who has run the operation for almost two decades. KCET-TV said Al Jerome, who has run the public-television outlet for 18 years, is retiring, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.
Jerome, 71, said he will help find a new chief executive for station, which left the PBS fold in 2010 during a dispute over fees. The station has struggled since then, the piece notes. Jerome declined an interview with the newspaper about his retirement.
The story adds, “A financial audit released earlier this year raised ‘substantial doubt’ about KCET’s ability to stay in business long-term. The organization lost $12.5 million during the fiscal year that ended June 30, the audit said.”