KCET's Studio A as seen from a floor above at the station's new location at The Pointe in Burbank on Friday, April 27, 2012.

KCET's Studio A as seen from a floor above at the station's new location at The Pointe in Burbank on Friday, April 27, 2012. (Raul Roa/Staff photographer / October 17, 2012)

KCET is writing the next chapter in its story: a merger with satellite network Link TV.

Formerly the Los Angeles area's PBS flagship, KCET will merge with Link to form KCETLink, "a powerful new independent public transmedia company that acquires, produces and distributes provocative global programming targeted to a national audience across multiple media platforms," according to a news release.

The new outlet will be available in 33 million U.S. homes through DirecTV and Dish Network, according to the companies. That's not including the 5.6 million households that KCET already reaches in Southern California.

Al Jerome, KCET's chief executive, is to run the new entity, with Link's president, Paul S. Mason, becoming chief strategy officer. The combined company will be headquartered in the Burbank high-rise where KCET already has offices and studio space.

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-- Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times