Originally Posted by Falcon_77 Los Angeles PBS affiliate KCET exits network fold to go independent
So much for the only "full-service" local PBS station, as it were. I wonder what will happen to BBC World News, which is made available to other PBS stations through KCET?
This is quite a bombshell! Content-wise none of the regional PBS stations would be able to replace KCET completely, unless they change their programming. I think that, by far, the biggest loss would be PBS World on 28.4, with all of the great documentaries.
KOCE is the only station that reliably covers the LA area, having a signal even more reliable and stable than KCET. But they too seem to be in dire straits financially. They seem to have been in a nearly perpetual pledge drive mode for the last 2 1/2 years and their programming has suffered badly as a result. For this reason, I seldom watch KOCE anymo0re.
KPBS only comes in during the summer months for most of us, when there is a "skip" into San Diego. And this year, that skip has been particularly unreliable and intermittent. Content-wise, KPBS 15.1 seems to be virtually identical to KCET 28.1, but the only subchannel is 15.2 which apparently carries the Spanish language Vme, like 28.3. There is no PBS World.
By fortunate coincidence, KVCR is almost exactly in the same LOS as Mt. Wilson, at my location. For a long time, it came in most of the time with a solid signal, but during the past few months it has been difficult to pick up at all. It has been suggested that they may be running reduced power, and will presumably return to normal strength in the future. KVCR only carries a limited number of the major PBS programs, and carries a lot of its own shows. This makes it a great "supplement" to the other PBS stations, but not an ideal substitute.