San Fernando Valley Business Journal

KCET Cuts 22 Jobs in Reorganization

By Joel Russell Friday, April 19, 2013

Public television station KCET has eliminated 22 full-time jobs in a reorganization to prepare the company for the new digital media business, the station announced Friday.

The Burbank station merged four months ago with Link Media, a production company with its own cable channel based in San Francisco, to form KCETLink. The job losses reflect consolidation of positions and a new focus on producing video content for the Internet and mobile devices, in addition to app development, the news release stated.

“These are challenging and transformational times that require us to make difficult financial and operational decisions for the continued health of the organization,” said Al Jerome, KCETLink's chief executive officer, in a statement. “We have to factor digital innovation into every decision moving forward.”

KCET is a nonprofit, viewer-supported station that was the Los Angeles affiliate of Public Broadcasting System until it decided to become independent in 2011 after it rejected a large dues increase from PBS.

Later that year, it sold its Hollywood studios. In April 2012, it moved to the Pointe, a new media-oriented office building in Burbank next to the studio where Jay Leno films “The Tonight Show.”