Dec 29, 2011

KET to provide public-affairs programming to Kentucky pubradio stations

Kentucky Educational Television in Lexington begins programming partnerships with pubradio stations in the state in January, it said in a statement Wednesday (Dec. 28). Participating will be WEKU in Richmond and WKMS in Murray, with other pubcasters coming on soon. “Our partnership with Kentucky public radio stations will strengthen the public broadcasting service for Kentuckians by expanding access to trusted signature public affairs programming,” said Shae Hopkins, KET executive director. KET series and programs available to public radio stations for broadcast will include Kentucky Tonight, Comment on Kentucky, One to One with Bill Goodman, Connections with Renee Shaw, Education Matters, Jubilee, Legislative Update, candidate forums and election night coverage.

Reno's KNPB to drop 2.5 hours of children's shows, forgo after-school programs

KNPB, PBS in Reno, Nev., will end children's programming at 12:30 p.m. starting next week, cutting 2.5 hours from its nine-hour daily schedule of kids' shows, reports Technorati, noting that the change "will put KNPB tied in third place for the fewest hours of daily children's programs among 30 PBS affiliated stations surveyed in the western United States," after California stations KRCB in Rohnert Park and KCSM in San Mateo, which is currently for sale. The new schedule goes into effect Jan. 2, 2012.

In an email to Technorati, Kurt Mische, KNPB president, said that the changes "will allow us to serve a larger audience of viewers . . . and donors . . . who not only watch but help to financially support our important service."

KNPB is ending broadcast of The Electric Company, Cyberchase, Super Why! WordWorld and a second daily airing of Arthur. Earlier this year it cut Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman. In its place, the station said in a press release, will be "an expanded schedule of how-to, hobby and special interest programs" including Antiques Roadshow, Nova, Nature and This Old House.

"KNPB is seen by nearly 160,000 people in 71,000 households in central and northern Nevada and northeast California," Mische said in the press release. "While that is an atypically large audience for a PBS station, we had some days and times where our ratings were not as high as we like, meaning we had the opportunity to better serve our viewers."