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KCET Says Goodbye to PBS, Will go Independent January 1st [Updated]

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Los Angeles public television flagship station KCET is severing ties with PBS, it announced today. The station, which is located near Sunset Junction, will become the largest independent public television station in the country on January 1st, meaning PBS national content such as "Sesame Street," "Masterpiece," "Charlie Rose" and "NewsHour" will be cut from the schedule. “After four decades as the west coast flagship PBS station, this is not a decision we made lightly," President Al Jerome said in a statement. "We have been in discussions with PBS for over three years about the need to address challenges that are unique to our market as well as our station."

The main problem is over dues owed to PBS, which were increased 40% to about $7 million just as the economy went downhill. Specifically, the issue was the successful fundraising for their Peabody Award-winning "A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en Su Casa," a how-to series on daycare in English and Spanish, according to Current Magazine.