Rick Bentley

November 4, 2009

KVPT adds the channel Create TV

KVPT (Channel 18.1) adds the new channel Create TV (Channel 18.2) to its digital lineup at 6 a.m. Sunday. You may already have seen the channel during test runs before the official launch.

Create TV is the second new service offered by the local public television station. It launched the Spanish-language V-me (Channel 18.3) in February 2007. The new channel can be seen via an antenna or on Comcast Cable channel 194.

The channel features how-to programs in the areas of cooking, arts and crafts, gardening, home improvement and travel. Create TV broadcasts four six-hour blocks each day that include “Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie,” “This Old House,” “Landscapes Through Time,” “Simply Ming” and “Equitrekking.”

New look

KGPE (Channel 47.1) vice president and general manager Linda Danna and news director Chad McCollum have been making some changes at the local CBS affiliate — including a new set and new on-screen graphics for the station’s news. The changes were unveiled Monday.

The changes also include hiring new reporter Alexandra Limon. The Mexico native comes to Fresno after working for the Telemundo affiliate in the Phoenix/Tucson market. She begins work Monday.

Family affairs

The production team for the ABC reality series “Supernanny” will be in Fresno over the next few weeks. They are seeking families from every background who want help from nanny Jo Frost and to be on the network show.

For information on how to submit a family’s name go to www.supernanny.com or call (877) 626-6984. The casting team will be in the area on several occasions through Nov. 20.

New service

Comcast has upgraded its Internet service to make it faster. As part of the change, the company has added two new premium speed tiers to its residential and business class customers. For more information go to www.comcast.com/fastestfast or call 1 (888) COMCAST.

Comcast also is moving The Home Shopping Network, previously seen on channel 71, to channel 16.

The company is also making changes to its service tiers. PBS Kids Sprout, G4, Bloomberg, ShopNBC, Trinity Broadcast Network, Biography Channel, History International and the Lifetime Movie Network are moving from the Digital Classic level to the Digital Starter tier at no additional charge. Previously, those networks were only available to those who subscribed to the Digital Classic or higher tier.

Other news

*New job: Itica Milanes, who has been at KFSN (Channel 30.1) since 2005, has left the local ABC station to take a job at the San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV. She came to Fresno from Houston to take over weekend morning news co-anchoring duties with Eric Rasmussen. There is no word on a replacement for Milanes.

*On TV: Carla Collins will film part of her Canadian reality show “Carlawood” here. The series follows Collins’ efforts to make it big in the entertainment field after moving to Hollywood.

She will be in Fresno as part of the Hot Tamales comedy show Saturday at Chukchansi Park.

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at rbentley@ fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6355. Read his blog at fresnobeehive. com.

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Want to know why the format changed on your favorite radio station or what's going on with your favorite TV reporter? Rick Bentley tracks all the moves in the Fresno-area broadcast media. Oh, and he tracks Valley folks making it in Hollywood. Email Rick at rbentley@fresnobee.com or call him at 559-441-6355.

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