Los Angeles TV viewers will soon be getting their PBS programming from Orange County.
KOCE-TV, the Huntington Beach, Calif., station that currently airs only one-fourth of the PBS lineup, will begin carrying the network’s entire schedule Jan. 1, transmitting to Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties as well as Santa Barbara, the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog reports..
The move had been expected since longtime L.A. pubcaster KCET-TV announced in October that it would depart the PBS fold following a prolonged dispute over dues and other issues. As an independent public broadcaster, KCET will assemble a schedule of local programs, BBC repeats and news and documentary shows produced in Canada, Japan and elsewhere, the Times said.
A KCET spokeswoman told the Times that the station did not yet have detailed scheduling information.