I just heard that “Full Focus,” the television show on KPBS that aired each evening at 6:30 and 11 p.m. (and that gave many of us yet another forum for our stories) is kaput. Yep, canceled.
The station’s nerdy weekend radio show — “A Way with Words” — has been canceled too. I liked that show and gladly admitted it.
Apparently, the cancellations were due to financial concerns. I’ll get more details but the station projected that it would be $1 million in the hole by the end of next year.
This is really sad. I’ll have to double check, but I think “Full Focus” was one of the only shows the local station produced. Although I was frustrated with the way they handled the show sometimes, it provided a forum for more in-depth discussions and interviews in which local commercial television is just not interested at all.
I don’t quite understand and will look forward to hearing more about what happened. I think they could have improved the show in numerous ways and I think they could have at least appealed to the audience to see if they couldn’t get some funding to keep it. Maybe they’d prefer to raise money for other things.
A KPBS representative is going to call me shortly and I’ll pass along her comments.