A Stronger PBS for our community
KCOS and Texas Tech Public Media have announced an agreement to merge, creating a strong partnership that will allow us to streamline operations and serve you at a greater level. Through this union, we will be able to give you more of what you love: original multi-platform programs and innovative community engagement experiences that educate, inform, entertain, and empower.

Thanks to this partnership, we will be able to increase our presence in local classrooms, have access to greater funding opportunities, and collaborate on projects with the Emmy-award winning Texas Tech Public Media team. We will proudly continue to respond to community needs via projects such as Meet the Helpers, and look for ways to serve you at the highest level.

Dear Members and Viewers:
I am pleased to announce that the long-discussed plan for KCOS and Texas Tech Public Media (KTTZ) to combine resources was recently approved by the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System and formally submitted today with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), paving the way for KCOS to continue doing what we do best: educate, entertain, and inspire.

Our new partnership will help us streamline operations behind the scenes by bringing all KCOS and KTTZ broadcast and radio stations under a single license holder by Texas Tech Public Media. For you —our local audience, partners, and funders—there will be few, if any, changes:

  • All of KCOS’s regular PBS programming, including local shows such as High Q and the El Paso Physician, will continue to air on Channel 13.
  • Our offices and production studios will remain in El Paso, and our staff will continue to produce quality local programming.
  • KCOS will continue to work with local nonprofits and businesses to expand educational outreach and opportunity in the El Paso region, and we will maintain a local advisory council to consult on programming and fundraising.
  • All of the funds raised by our annual/semi-annual pledge drives and fundraising events will continue to support local and regional programming and initiatives.
  • We expect minimal staff disruptions, and we hope to hire soon.
     

Thanks to our new partnership, we will be able to increase our presence in local classrooms, have access to greater funding opportunities, and collaborate on projects with the Emmy-award winning producers and journalists at Texas Tech Public Media.

A media release with more news about the merger can be found here, and we have created a FAQ page here.

We look forward to speaking with many of you about our new partnership in the coming weeks.

Thank you for being a valued friend and partner of public television!

Sincerely,