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PBS SoCal KOCE Chief Executive Andrew Russell

PBS SoCal KOCE Chief Executive Andrew Russell

Costa Mesa-based PBS SoCal expects to merge with KCETLink Media by mid-year with the newly formed group operating under a new name.

PBS SoCal president and Chief Executive Andrew Russell will lead the new outlet; KCET Chairman Dick Cook will serve in the same role for the new entity.

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“Together, we will tell more stories that matter, and better serve our region—one of the most diverse places in the country – and our nation,” Russell said in a statement.

The broadcasters reach some 18 million people in Southern California from facilities in Costa Mesa, Burbank and Los Angeles.