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LinkTV and KCET Merger Announcement

We are very pleased to share some exciting news. After 12 years as a leader in independent media, Link Media is merging with KCET, the nation's largest independent television station in Southern California to form KCETLink, a single non-profit organization. Together, the new KCETLink will deliver high quality, culturally diverse programs to more people than ever before.

Based in Burbank, CA with offices in San Francisco and New York, the new KCETLink will reach 33 million American homes through DISH Network and DIRECTV as well as 5.6 million cable TV households in Southern California. We will build upon both companies' strong traditions of entertaining and informing audiences via television, online and coming this month, new apps for the iPad and Google TV.

Don't worry -- Link TV isn't moving -- you'll still find us at Channel 375 on DIRECTV and Channel 9410 on DISH Network broadcasting powerful global programs such as Borgen, which the New York Times just called "one of the best shows on American television." Plus, starting January 1, 2013 we'll also be available to cable viewers in the 11 Los Angeles counties on one of KCET's multicast channels. And audiences tuning in to KCET's main channel will be able to watch our round up of Asia's top news, trends and social media, LinkAsia, in HD.

We see tremendous synergy between Link and KCET. For 48 years KCET has been a powerhouse of local and national productions. It currently creates the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. They broadcast fan-favorite British dramas including Doc Martin and Foyle's War, as well as BBC World News. With KCET's new state-of-the-art production facilities in Burbank and its talented pool of LA-based producers, combined with Link Media's cutting edge digital tools and global content, we see KCETLink poised to create new opportunities and lead public media into the heart of the 21st century.

This is not just a merger of two organizations, but an enormous opportunity to re-invent the value and purpose of 'independent media.' We can reshape public media into a vitally important source of cultural ideas, global connectivity and diverse perspectives.

You can help shape this vision. Watch for new developments and engage with us in creating a smarter, more impactful public media network.

More information can be found at LinkTV.org/KCETLink. We welcome your feedback!
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