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PBS is a non-profit public broadcaster and television program distributor in the United States. It 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.


PBS broadcasts a wide range of programming, including children’s shows, documentaries, dramas, comedies, and news. Some of its most popular programs include American Experience, Arthur, Masterpiece Theatre, Nova, Antiques Roadshow, and Frontline.

PBS also broadcasts British television series, such as Downton Abbey, ‘Allo ‘Allo!, and Are You Being Served?.

PBS is not the only distributor of public television programming to the member stations. Other distributors include American Public Television and NETA.

PBS Kids

PBS Kids is the brand for children’s programs aired by PBS. It broadcasts a variety of educational and entertaining shows for children of all ages. Some of its most popular programs include Sesame Street, Arthur, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

PBS Sports

PBS member stations and networks locally broadcast high school and college sports. However, the national PBS network does not typically carry sporting events due to the high cost of broadcast rights.

PBS News Hour

PBS News Hour is an hour-long evening news broadcast that offers news updates, analysis, live studio interviews, and discussions.