Dec 29, 2010

Wick Rowland is Denver Post's TV person of the year

The TV critic for the Denver Post has selected Wick Rowland, president of KBDI/Colorado Public Television, as the local 2010 television person of the year. Joanne Ostrow also called KBDI "the little station that could," and a "feisty outlet" that "routinely stands up to the Public Broadcasting Service bureaucracy."

"When more timid station managers caved on matters of censorship or politics," she says, "Rowland hangs tough."

KCET creates Kids & Family channel

In 2011, KCET in Los Angeles will replace PBS's famous children's programming with a new digital family channel, as well as a daily lineup that includes Busytown Mysteries, a Canadian animated series with feline characters; and Peep and the Big Wide World, a cartoon that teaches children about nature and science. The station's Peabody Award-winning series A Place of Our Own/Los NiƱos en Su Casa will remain part of the station's morning programming.

The moves come as the station nears its Jan. 1, 2011, drop from PBS membership (Current, Oct. 18).

The station is also revamping its digital channels. It will launch KCET Kids & Family on the channel previously called KCET Orange; PBS World becomes MHz Worldview, with international programming. KCET will continue to carry Spanish-language channel V-me.