KOCE will step up to primary status in L.A. area, president Mel Rogers says

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KOCE in Huntington Beach, Calif., will assume primary PBS station responsibilities in the Los Angeles area when KCET severs its ties with PBS, writes station president Mel Rogers in a short note on the KOCE website. Rogers also called area PBS affiliates KLCS and KVCR its “partner stations.” He said the three will work together “to ensure all PBS shows are not only available, but are easy to find for our viewers.” Those stations, along with KCET, have been discussing a four-way partnership in an attempt to solve the tricky overlap situation in the L.A. market (Current, Aug. 5). KCET President Al Jerome told Current just before the Oct. 8 announcement that the station still hopes to participate in that consortium.