Sunday, January 21, 2007

Alt-weekly questions PBS station's relevancy

San Jose's PBS station, KTEH 54, was swallowed up late last October by San Francisco's KQED, but that's not the big issue facing public television in the South Bay. The station produces no local programming and has become, at least in the eyes of the alt-weekly Metro, irrelevant in the age of YouTube and MySpace. Metro's Diane Solomon quotes Eric Meese, a programmer at community radio KKUP, as saying that he finds there is nothing worth watching on Channel 54. "It's mostly kids' stuff and programs like Antiques Roadshow," he says. "They don't have the public affairs and local programming that makes public television public television." Will KQED change things? That depends on whom you ask. Here's the story. Above is KTEH studio technician Nadine Swanson.

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