PBS SOCAL & KCET MERGER

A Stronger PBS Flagship for Southern California

PBS SoCal and KCET have announced an agreement to merge the two companies, establishing a powerful PBS flagship organization on the West Coast, and creating a center for public media innovation and creativity that serves the more than 18 million people living in Southern California. The historic union of these two storied institutions creates the opportunity to give you more of what you love: original multi-platform programs that address the diverse community in Southern California and the nation; and innovative community engagement experiences that educate, inform, entertain, and empower.


Dear Members and Viewers

This is an exciting day for public media in Southern California. As of today, PBS SoCal, KCET and LINK TV are united into one new community-supported institution – the PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

First, we’d like to reassure you:

  • You will continue to find all your favorite PBS programs and original shows on the PBS SoCal, KCET and Link TV content channels for now.
  • PBS SoCal, KCET and Link TV will keep their names, and will continue to broadcast all our existing channels.
  • PBS SoCal and KCET will both continue to accept contributions from members – and your ongoing support will help advance the mission of the new organization.

You will be first to know as we begin to make changes to improve our delivery of a public media service that entertains, educates, informs and empowers.

Together as PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, we can tell more stories that matter to you through original content that reflects the diversity of our region and the full schedule of PBS programs. And through our three content services – PBS SoCal, KCET and LINK TV – you will be able to access our library of programs for streaming on any internet-connected screen, on seven Southern California broadcast channels, and on one national satellite channel.

You, our donors and supporters, help us fulfill our calling – to use the power of public media to support an informed and engaged community – which is more important now than ever. Today, the founding of PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA allows us to advance our mission in content, community engagement, early childhood education and social impact services.

We know you will have more questions and you’ll find more information about PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA in our FAQ.

Thank you for your continued support.

Andrew Russell

President and CEO

Dick Cook

Chairman of the Board of Trustees


The union of PBS SoCal and KCET will give Southern Californians more of what you love.


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