TV Junkie: Make or Break Time for KCET; New TV on DVD Sets; 'Storm Chasers' Returns
A reader asked me about KCET leaving the PBS network and for specific details I'd like to refer you to an excellent LA Times article written by Scott Collins from a few days ago. What can be said about this move? KCET has proved it can raise considerable amounts of money for specific programming but it seems unlikely that they will be able to raise enough money to fund an entire schedule of shows. Sure, people tuned into KCET to watch locally produced programs like "SoCal Connected" but the vast majority of their viewers were there to consume PBS staples like "Sesame Street", "NewsHour", "Masterpiece", "Nature", and "Great Performances". When these shows go to other PBS affiliates, will there be enough viewers left to keep KCET going and will they be willing to reach into their pockets for KCET and another local PBS station? That seems like a really big stretch, not that I'm trying to undermine the obvious enthusiasm that KCET will have to have to move forward after January 1st - but if it took them $50+ million to originate 1 series, they have a lot of coin they need to gather to avoid presenting reruns 20+ hours of each day. Best of luck to them.