KCET creates Kids & Family channel

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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 Niños 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.