LOS ANGELES, April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, announced today that it has sold its production facility to the Church of Scientology for an undisclosed amount.
KCET will remain in full operation in the Los Angeles area and is in active discussions with several unidentified production facilities that will allow it to not only continue to produce award-winning shows but also to further expand its programming and digital footprint across multiple media platforms, according to KCET president and CEO Al Jerome.
"We are now implementing Phase Two of our transformation from a PBS affiliate to an independent public media center for the 21st century," said Jerome. "New facilities and equipment will allow us to augment the quality, award-winning content that our fans love."
KCET offers programming in a wide array of genres including the arts, entertainment, cooking, nature and science, and children's shows. In addition, KCET offers a strong line up of local and international news with BBC World News, BBC Newsnight, Al Jazeera English, NHK/Japan, IBA/Israel and SoCal Connected.
KCET will remain at its current location at 4401 West Sunset Boulevard for up to a year before moving into new facilities.
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. 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 more than 40-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. More than half of the funds raised to support KCET's operating budget come from individual support. For additional information about KCET productions, Web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.