KQED/S.F. Adds Newscasts, Launches News Site
July 19, 2010 at 4:12 PM (PT)
KQED PUBLIC MEDIA, operator of noncommercial Talk KQED-F and PBS affiliate KQED-TV/SAN FRANCISCO and PBS affiliate KTEH-TV/SAN JOSE, has added additional local newscasts to its FM and online offerings.
The 10 new newscasts, which are airing on the radio station and also available on the new KQEDNEWS.ORG, are part of the stations' digital strategy, with the ten new features and six existing newscasts all available on demand on the website and a blog, NEWS FIX, to be added in AUGUST. Eight new positions, including six journalists, have been added to the stations.
"KQED is stepping up to help fill the news coverage void created by cutbacks at other journalistic organizations. Although we are already dedicating significant personnel and financial resources to news and public affairs, we determined that an incremental investment at this time, along with further integration of our radio, TV, and online services, will have a significant positive impact," said Pres./CEO JOHN BOLAND. "Combining our own local and statewide news reporting with content from national providers like NPR and PBS, as well as local partners positions KQED NEWS as a single destination for local, regional, national, and international coverage.
"KQED is in a unique situation. We are a community-supported, public service media organization with television, radio, and online digital services under one roof. We have local and regional reporting capabilities and access to the highest quality national and international reporting through our NPR and PBS affiliations. We are combining all our resources to provide the community with a 21st century news service."