LOS ANGELES -

Starting Jan. 1, KOCE-TV will become the full service PBS station for the Southern California region, and will begin broadcasting the full line-up of PBS programs for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties and the City of Santa Barbara.

KOCE also will feature seven hours of programming each weekday.

``KOCE-TV is delighted to expand our lineup of award-winning PBS programming that serves as a mainstay in homes across the country," KOCE President and CEO Mel Rogers said.

KCET announced in October that it would end its relationship with PBS, becoming a fully independent broadcaster effective January 1.