It’s entirely logical for LA Times media critic James Rainey to take a look at the fortunes of KCET on the occasion of the independent TV station’s move to shiny new facilities in Burbank. But talk about putting a damper on the new-office euphoria.
The headline writer soft-pedals the piece somewhat, framing it with the neutral tag “The Future of KCET.” Six paragraphs in however, that future begins to sound pretty grim:
“There is no way, absolutely no way, that KCET can survive as a television station,” said Jack Shakely, former head of the giant California Community Foundation, which once contributed to KCET programs and pledge drives. “They are like the bookstore that opens just when all other bookstores are awash in red ink, a bookstore that cannot sell bestsellers, can’t sell popular classics, sells books you’ve never heard of and then asks you to contribute to the bookstore anyway.”