Public Media Company, Independent Public Media finalists to buy San Mateo’s KCSM-TV

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The two remaining finalists bidding for KCSM, public TV in San Mateo, Calif., are local groups affiliated with Independent Public Media and Public Media Company, reports the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club (citing a report in the Palo Alto Daily Post, which is not published online). The bid amounts are not yet public.

Among offers rejected by licensee San Mateo County Community College was one from another pubcaster, KMTP-TV in San Francisco, which airs multilingual, ethic programming.

Jan Roecks, the college’s director of general services, will make her recommendation on the buyer to the trustees when they meet again later this month.

The Media Alliance, a Bay-area public-interest media advocacy organization, is asking for 30-day public comment period before the board approves the sale.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A spokesperson for PBS SoCal/KOCE tells Current that the station did not bid on KCSM-TV. Also, Public Media Company, not Public Radio Capital, was one of the successful bidders.
This post has been updated to omit that incorrect information, which had been reported by the Palo Alto Daily Post.

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