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KCET-TV sells studio to Church of Scientology‎

April 25, 2011 |  4:38 pm

Kcet It’s official: KCET-TV announced Monday that it has sold its production facility to the Church of Scientology for an undisclosed amount.

According to a statement from its president, Al Jerome, KCET will remain in operation in the Los Angeles area and is in discussions with several unidentified production facilities.

The financially strapped public channel is quite familiar with starting anew. Early this year, it cut ties with PBS and has struggled to rebuild viewership. 

KCET will remain at its current location at 4401 W. Sunset Blvd. for up to a year before relocating.

The studio's new owners, meanwhile, are more than pleased with the new digs. In a statement from the Church of Scientology, Tommy Davis noted, "At nearly 5 acres, this studio includes two sound stages, extensive post production resources and state-of-the-art TV, satellite and Internet broadcasting capabilities. It is a perfect fit, in both size and location, for the expansion of the Church of Scientology's production of religious and social betterment audiovisual properties, and we welcomed the unexpected opportunity to acquire it."

The statement continued: "This new studio enables the Church to establish one of the most advanced centers used by religious broadcasters with the ability to harness 21st century  broadcast technology and production power to deliver its message to the largest international audience possible."

Read more about it at our sister blog Money & Company.

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-- Yvonne Villarreal 
Photo: KCET will remain in the Sunset Boulevard studio for up to a year before moving to a new facility. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times
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