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FishbowlLA Set Visit: SoCal Connected

The views from the fifth and sixth floors of KCET’s glass-encased offices at The Pointe in Burbank are spectacular, offering panoramic vistas of next-door neighbors NBC LA, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Forest Lawn in the southern distance and more. Another big difference from the station’s previous red-brick HQ on Sunset Boulevard is that employees are now ensconced in an open-cubicle set-up as sleek as that of a Madison Avenue ad agency.

But these are not the only reasons for the renewed sense of excitement at KCET. Thanks to the expansion of SoCal Connected to four nights a week, the addition of Madeleine Brand to the show’s talent ranks, a recent merger with San Francisco’s Link Media and the resulting imminent arrival of new chief strategy officer Paul Mason, this viewer-supported TV station is very clearly and boldly trying to re-invent the jettisoned PBS model.

SoCal Connected shoots two shows on Monday and another two on Wednesday, with a repeat broadcast Fridays. As FishbowlLA sat at the back of the control room yesterday watching the production of tonight’s November 29 broadcast, we were reminded of that scene in Broadcast News where William Hurt’s character shows nervous newbie Albert Brooks how to properly sit on a sports jacket. TV news is all about the smallest of details.

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ABC News Veteran Joins Link TV as President, CEO

In the welcome interview below, Paul Mason shares an astute observation about the current state of network and cable TV news. He suggests that while these twin mediums are great at reporting the initial details of major news events like the Japanese earthquake and the Arab spring, there is a real lack of proper, follow-up reporting once things die down.

To help remedy this gaping coverage hole, Mason is joining San Francisco-based Link TV as president and CEO after nearly three decades with ABC News. He was a senior vice president and the executive-in-charge of Nightline and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Mason was also an executive producer of the weekend edition of World News Tonight.

The Wesleyan and Columbia university grad says he is looking forward to steering a broadcast outlet that in addition to a presence on DISH and DirecTV, has been working steadily to harness the power of online video and the semantic web.