KQED fills SLO County’s sudden PBS void

A different public television station is now bringing “Antiques Roadshow,” “Austin City Limits” and “Sesame Street” to the Central Coast.

KQED Public Media, which has served Northern California for more than 50 years, is expanding its coverage areas to include San Luis Obispo County and Santa Maria.

As of this week, Comcast and Charter Communications customers can tune into KQED to watch popular PBS shows including “Frontline,” “Masterpiece,” “Nature” and “NOVA.”

KQED fills the void vacated by Los Angeles-based KCET, which at the start of the new year left the PBS system to become an independent, nonprofit television station.

KQED Public Media owns and operates public television stations covering Monterey, San Francisco, San Jose and the Bay Area, as well as public radio stations in Sacramento and San Francisco.

In addition to NPR and PBS programs, KQED offers original programming including “Truly CA,” “Check, Please!” and “QUEST.”

KQED is available via Comcast and Charter in analog and digital formats in the San Luis Obispo area on Channel 8 and in the Santa Maria area on Channel 17.