KCET in talks to sell studio to Scientology, Times says *

The L.A. Times report cites unnamed "people who know about the pending deal," which as yet has no terms publicly attached. Both sides declined comment. KCET reportedly wants to move to smaller, presumably less expensive lodgings now that donations from members have plunged. It's unclear what the Church of Scientology would do with the historic Sunset Boulevard studio, which sits on 4.5 acres and dates to 1912 — it was the home of Monogram Pictures. It's also got an updated high-def TV control center.

Also in the air: KCET is reportedly going daily with a local news show as soon as this fall, which would be a really interesting, back-to-the-future-style turn for the station, which tried and killed daily news programs when it was still in the PBS family.

* Added LA Observed video: A morning stroll through KCET's lot in 2010, with stops at Tavis Smiley's set, the studio shop and the control room.




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