KCET is an independent, non-commercial public television station licensed to Los Angeles, California, USA. KCET's studio is located at 2900 West Alameda Avenue, Burbank, California, and its transmitter is atop Mount Wilson. Al Jerome is the current CEO and president, serving since 1996.
KCET was a charter member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) at its inception in 1970. The station was Los Angeles' main PBS affiliate until December 31, 2010, when it ended its partnership with PBS after 40 years to become the nation's largest independent public television station. KCET's management cited unresolvable financial and programming disputes among its major reasons for leaving PBS. KOCE-TV (channel 50), licensed to Huntington Beach, Orange County, replaced KCET as the area's primary PBS affiliate.
For much of its time on air, KCET had broadcast from its studios in Hollywood until moving to new offices in Burbank in 2012. The move has left KTLA as the last remaining radio or television broadcaster in that neighborhood as stations have moved on to other cities and neighborhoods in the region.
In October 2012, KCET announced that it was merging with noncommercial satellite network Link TV to form a new nonprofit entity, to be called KCETLink and headquartered in KCET's Burbank facilities.