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By Michael Miller | March 5, 2008
Norman Watson, whose ambition and hard work helped to expand the Coast Community College District and provided Orange County with its premier public television station, has died at the age of 92. The district’s first chancellor and the founder of KOCE-TV, Watson died Feb. 29. Throughout the years, his name had become a common sight around the district: OCC’s former library, which opened in 1969, was known as the Norman E. Watson Library,...
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NEWS
By Michael Miller and Joseph Serna | March 6, 2008
Norman Watson, whose ambition and hard work helped expand the Coast Community College District and provided Orange County with its premier public television station, has died. He was 92. The district’s first chancellor and the founder of KOCE-TV, Watson died of natural causes Feb. 29 at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Throughout the years, his name had become a common sight around the district: OCC’s former library, which opened in 1969, was known as the Norman E. Watson Library, and the campus named its new student services building after him in 2006.
FEATURES
By JIM RIGHEIMER | June 30, 2007
One of the most important factors in running any public agency or governmental body is transparency. Without transparency, you have corruption. The framers of our Constitution knew it was so important that they included in the First Amendment, "Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." Journalists are needed to make sure government is transparent so that we the citizens understand what is happening with our public institutions. This last week we saw the final chapter in an embarrassing and bizarre example of the lack of transparency.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | July 6, 2010
"Discover Orange County" has become quite popular for its detailed take on the region, whether it's the old cottages at Crystal Cove State Park, tracking where your trash goes from the garbage can to the dump, or checking out Old Town Orange. Now comes another program. Only this time it's going to give viewers a sneak peek into the Upper Newport Bay and introduce them to all sorts of wildlife that live there — from the flora and fauna to migratory birds. Called "Upper Newport Bay," the segment will premiere at noon Sunday and again at 9 a.m. Tuesday on KOCE-TV, the PBS station that airs from Ventura to San Clemente to Palm Springs.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | October 17, 2006
A U.S. District Court judge dismissed a racketeering charge against KOCE-TV, the embattled Orange County public television station that has been in court since it was sold to its own fundraising foundation in 2004. When the Coast Community College District, which owned KOCE, sold it to the KOCE-TV Foundation, Christian broadcaster Daystar Television Network protested that its bid was higher. This May, an appellate court judge voided the sale. Daystar had filed four federal complaints against KOCE-TV, including the racketeering charge.
NEWS
May 30, 2007
The fate of KOCE-TV, Orange County's only public television station, remains up in the air, but an attorney said the case may be resolved within a month. Richard Lloyd Sherman, an attorney for Christian broadcaster Daystar Television Network, said he was hopeful that the parties would come to an agreement soon. Attorneys for the Coast Community College District, the KOCE-TV Foundation and Daystar met in court Friday to continue working toward a settlement. The district sold KOCE to the foundation in 2004, but Daystar sued for rightful ownership, saying its higher cash bid made it the rightful owner.
NEWS
May 19, 2007
FOR THE RECORD A story Thursday, "KOCE director gets nationwide post," should have said the station is owned by the KOCE-TV Foundation. . Janet English, the director of educational services for KOCE-TV, has been appointed to the National Educational Telecommunications Assn.'s board of directors. KOCE spokeswoman Margot Suarez announced English's appointment Wednesday afternoon. As a member of the national board, which oversees all 50 states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, English will work with professionals in education and public television to help bring multimedia to the classroom.
NEWS
February 13, 2004
Marisa O'Neil KOCE-TV's sale to the station's foundation by Coast Community College District is experiencing technical difficulties. Christian broadcaster Daystar Television Network is threatening the district with a lawsuit, saying it should have named them the highest responsible bidder. Daystar's attorney, Richard Lloyd Sherman, said the company feels it was pushed aside because of the network's religious programming. "That was not said, but that's what can be read into it," Sherman said.
FEATURES
June 22, 2006
Many readers have reacted to the recent court decision that calls into question the future of KOCE-TV. They have expressed concern that the only station that regularly covers Orange County issues, educates Orange County school children and provides some of the best PBS programs in Southern California could be ultimately taken over by an out-of-state religious broadcast network. But there are critical issues that have not been publicly discussed in this debate about the fairness of the Coast Community College District's sale of KOCE to the KOCE-TV Foundation and the court's very narrow interpretation of a law designed to allow school districts to sell surplus property, such as furniture or vehicles.
NEWS
December 11, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Coast Community College District trustees voted Wednesday night in closed session to go ahead with a plan for KOCE-TV's foundation to purchase the station from them, keeping it a public broadcasting channel. Trustees for the district, which now holds the broadcast license for Orange County's only PBS affiliate, voted 4 to 1 in October to accept a $32-million bid by the station's fundraising arm. Wednesday's vote allows attorneys to draw up the proper agreements and seek the Federal Communications Commission's approval for the license transfer.
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