The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is an American public broadcaster and television program distributor.[6] It is a nonprofit organization and the most prominent provider of educational television programming to public television stations in the United States, distributing series such as American Experience, America's Test Kitchen, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Barney & Friends, Between the Lions, Cyberchase, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Downton Abbey, Wild Kratts, Finding Your Roots, Frontline, The Magic School Bus, The Kidsongs Television Show, Masterpiece Theater, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Nature, Nature Cat, Nova, the PBS NewsHour, Peg + Cat, Reading Rainbow, Sesame Street, Teletubbies, Keeping up Appearances and This Old House.[7]

Public Broadcasting Service
United States
  • Nationwide U.S.
  • Southern Canada
  • Northern Mexico (OTA only)
FoundedNovember 3, 1969 (51 years ago) (1969-11-03)
by Hartford N. Gunn Jr., John Macy, James Day and Kenneth A. Christiansen
HeadquartersArlington, Virginia, U.S.
Key people
Launch date
October 5, 1970 (50 years ago) (1970-10-05)
Picture format
AffiliatesList of member stations
Official website
ReplacedNational Educational Television (1952–1970)
SubsidiaryNational Datacast

PBS is funded by a combination of member station dues, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Datacast, pledge drives, and donations from both private foundations and individual citizens. All proposed funding for programming is subject to a set of standards to ensure the program is free of influence from the funding source.[8]

PBS has more than 350 member television stations, many owned by educational institutions, nonprofit groups both independent or affiliated with one particular local public school district or collegiate educational institution, or entities owned by or related to state government.[5]