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.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Gustavo Arellano, many others join LA Times staff
Power out Monday across Malibu
Put Jamal Khashoggi Square outside the Saudi consulate on Sawtelle
Here's who the LA Times has newly hired*
LA Observed Notes: Clippers hire big-time writer, unfunny Emmys, editor memo at the Times and more
Recent Television stories on LA Observed:
New seasons of SoCal Connected, Lost LA on KCET
LA getting a TV politics show on Friday nights
KCET and PBS SoCal agree to merge
Steve Bochco, Arts District doc, Sinclair goes fake news
Steve Edwards abruptly 'no longer employed at KTTV'
'SoCal Connected' gets new KCET season and exec producer
Cecilia Alvear, 77, trail blazing NBC News producer
Robert Osborne, 84, host on Turner Classic Movies


LA Observed on Twitter