In yet another blow to L.A.'s once-mighty (but now underdog) former PBS station KCET, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission is moving its Emmy-winning annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration to rival KOCE-TV ("PBS SoCal") effective this December 24.
KCET had broadcast the annual event, one of Los Angeles County's most popular (and free!) traditions, since 1965. (The late Kenneth Hahn founded the free show, held for the people of the County every December 24, in 1959.)
But KCET isn't the station it once was since splitting with PBS and going independent. And this year, the County decided it would be best to go with KOCE/PBS SoCal, which is now the Los Angeles market's primary PBS station. "The Arts Commission decided to work with PBS SoCal because they are the primary PBS station for the greater Los Angeles area," a spokesperson tells us. "They offered a more robust partnership - larger financial contribution to the production of the show, stronger marketing support, broader Southern California audience. The production itself will not change."
We attend the event every year -- check out our past coverage here. It's a nice way to celebrate Christmas Eve. Details, in case you've never been:
The three-hour holiday event features choirs, music ensembles and dance companies representing the diverse cultures and holiday traditions from throughout Southern California. Approximately 5,000 people attend the live show each year.
The 55th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration is presented by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission on behalf of the Board of Supervisors, and produced by CDK Productions. The complete list of performers will be announced in October. The 54th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration is the recipient of a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award.