- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle public television station KCTS-TV officials say it will merge with nonprofit news website Crosscut.

The deal, effective Wednesday, is part of the station’s strategy to focus on digital and providing content across web, mobile and broadcast platforms.

All staff at both organizations reportedly will keep their jobs in the merger. The new umbrella organization will be called Cascade Public Media.

Crosscut executive director Tamara Power-Drutis says the combination gives Crosscut the organizational support to do more powerful, multimedia storytelling.

The station reportedly also purchased What’s Good 206, a Seattle online magazine presenting a millennial perspective on issues.

Earlier this year, KCTS laid off 11 staffers and canceled its only regularly scheduled program on local issues.

KCTS is seen in Western Washington and in Canada and operates Yakima’s PBS station.

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