KCTS 9: Same great shows, at better times
At KCTS 9, we’re making over the program schedule. In June, we started by keeping our best-loved shows in the schedule during pledge drives— Masterpiece Theatre/Mystery! on Sunday nights and Antiques Roadshow on Mondays. Now we’re trying new things. The first and biggest is moving Charlie Rose to 5 pm, replacing Zoboomafoo and the Nightly Business Report (NBR), based on many calls we’ve received over the years asking for Charlie Rose at an earlier hour. Zoboomafoo has reached the end of its run and NBR is moving to 11:30 pm. The thinking behind this is the information reported by NBR is covered extensively by the plethora of business news available online and elsewhere on TV. In a world where content is king, KCTS 9 is focusing on the content we do best, and what was once “the only place to get business news” is no longer. We’ll still have the show, just at a later time. For those with Comcast Video On Demand, each program is also available for two business days after broadcast “on demand.”
On the other hand, Frontline is moving earlier, from the 10 pm Tuesday time period to 9 pm—a great show at a better time. New episodes of Frontline are coming this October; visit the Frontline web site to check out the previews. Wide Angle, Frontline’s summer replacement, will follow the same schedule, moving up to 9 starting Tuesday, 8/14. Tuesday night’s shows are programmed for an encore play on Thursdays: NOVA at 9 pm and Frontline (or Wide Angle) at 10. This will allow greater access to these important programs—no more setting the VCR or DVR for that 4 a.m. showing weeks later on the episode you missed or really wanted to share.
Change always invades our comfort zone. We’re used to something and therefore we tend to like it… especially when faced with something different. Have you ever had the experience of going to church and found someone sitting “in my place?” As we make changes at KCTS 9, we will invade your comfort zone and ask you to figuratively try a new seat and see if it’s better—or not. Bear with us, explore the newness and give us feedback. We have many ways to “hear from you.” We have market research which we use to program the station’s channels. We have a viewer services department who field your phone calls and respond to your e-mails… and now we have this blog where you can post your feelings about the station.
All television stations and cable channels face challenges as technology continues to place control of video content in the hands of the consumer. KCTS 9 is evolving to meet these demands.
The new schedule begins August 13. I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope you like the changes.
V.P. and General Manager, KCTS 9
Serving Western and Central Washington and British Columbia
P.S. Read our first post about The War by project manager Erin Whitcomb. The War, Ken Burns’ 7-part film about WWII, premieres Sunday, September 23 at 8 pm And look for The War: Stories from the Northwest: WWII, four 30-minute specials airing Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. starting September 11 featuring stories about people in our region who lived through the war on the front lines and on the home front.