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KCET Gets a Cool Million to Help Break Away From PBS

If there were any questions about how KCET is going to fare outside the PBS umbrella, a bunch of them were answered today. LA’s rogue station just landed a $1 million grant from the Ahmanson Foundation to help ease the transition to independence. That kind of cash tends to soothe the pain.

Said KCET president Al Jerome in the press release: “This expression of strong support for KCET at this critical juncture in our history is an inspiration as we continue our efforts to make this new independent KCET a model for independent public media in the 21st century.”

Press release in full after the jump.

Los Angeles – October 26, 2010 – As KCET prepares for its role as the country’s largest independent public television station, effective January 1, 2011, The Ahmanson Foundation in Los Angeles, has awarded KCET a $1 million grant for the purpose of converting KCET to an independent public television station, it was announced today by Al Jerome, KCET president and CEO.

“The Ahmanson Foundation has been one of KCET’s most important and longstanding foundation supporters,” said Jerome. “The foundation has provided grants for all three seasons of SoCal Connected, and it has underwritten the local broadcast of Nova on KCET for many years.

“This expression of strong support for KCET at this critical juncture in our history is an inspiration as we continue our efforts to make this new independent KCET a model for independent public media in the 21st century.”

The Ahmanson Foundation’s stated mission includes a commitment to support “non-profit organizations that demonstrate sound fiscal management, efficient operation, and program integrity,” and by doing so, “the Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life and cultural legacy of the Los Angeles community.”

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