What Is PBS?


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The Public Broadcasting Service, or PBS, is a private, non-profit broadcasting company founded in 1969 to offer content that educates, inspires and informs American viewers. PBS creates and distributes a wide variety of programming, including educational children’s shows, documentaries, entertainment and news programs.

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Popular PBS programs include “Sesame Street,” “Frontline,” “NOVA,” “Masterpiece” and “Antiques Roadshow.” PBS airs on more than 350 public television stations across the United States. As of 2015, more than 100 million people see PBS content on television each month, and more than 33 million view the content online. PBS is non-commercial, and member stations raise up to 60 percent of their funding through private membership donations and on-air pledge drives and telethons.

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