Austin PBS to mark 60 years of local broadcasting, move to ACC Highland Campus media center in 2022

Austin PBS is moving to a new home at Austin Community College's Highland Campus this year. (Courtesy Austin PBS)
Austin PBS is moving to a new home at Austin Community College's Highland Campus this year. (Courtesy Austin PBS)

Austin PBS is moving to a new home at Austin Community College's Highland Campus this year. (Courtesy Austin PBS)

Nonprofit television station Austin PBS will mark 60 years of Central Texas broadcasting in 2022 with its relocation to a new media center at Austin Community College's Highland Campus.

The broadcaster's 60th anniversary will be headlined by its move away from its longtime studio home on the University of Texas campus. After relocating to ACC's Highland branch later this year, Austin PBS will be housed in a new office and studio facility on the campus' 45,000-square-foot Austin Media Center.


"The move allows Austin PBS to be more accessible and flexible, granting the ability to help strengthen the community’s educational, social, democratic and cultural health," the station said in a release.

Austin PBS was first founded in 1962 as KLRN, a regional station with a coverage area including Austin and San Antonio. Its production of the long-running "Austin City Limits" music program began in 1974, and the Austin branch later split off as KLRU and became an independent PBS station for the Austin area in 1987. The station was again rebranded in 2019 as Austin PBS. www.austinpbs.org
By Ben Thompson

Austin City Hall Reporter

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