November 20, 2013

Orange County Business Journal | Voice of OC

PBS SoCal will end its show “Real Orange,” Mediha DiMartino reports in the Orange County Business Journal. It was the only public affairs show dedicated to Orange County. It “will cease to produce new episodes by the end of the calendar year,” DiMartino writes.

The show began in 1997. Its end “will, for now, largely leave Orange County’s public affairs TV coverage to Los Angeles-based stations facing intense competition for viewers,” Nick Gerda writes in Voice of OC.

Positions eliminated with the end of the show include two part-time positions, a production position and the two hosts, Ed Arnold and Ann Pulice.

Real Orange has worked with Voice of OC on several projects, Gerda wrote, and staffers from Voice of OC have appeared regularly on the program since January.

Other than the LA stations, the county also has government-run news programs – like in Garden Grove, Los Alamitos and other western Orange County cities.

And there’s local public affairs shows run by Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications, whose local operating licenses are subject to approval by the city and county officials who are interviewed on their programs.

Here’s a recent clip from “Real Orange”:

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