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The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is an American public broadcaster and non-commercial,[1][2][3][4][5] free-to-air television network based in Arlington, Virginia.[6][7][8][9] PBS is a publicly funded nonprofit organization and the most prominent provider of educational programs to public television stations in the United States,[10][11][12][13] distributing shows such as Frontline, Nova, PBS NewsHour, Arthur, Sesame Street, and This Old House.[14]

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Public Broadcasting Service
Logo used since November 4, 2019
CountryUnited States
Broadcast area
  • Nationwide U.S.
  • Canada
  • Northern Mexico (OTA only)
AffiliatesList of member stations
HeadquartersCrystal City, Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Picture format
OwnerPBS's member public television stations[1]
Key people
FoundedNovember 3, 1969; 53 years ago (1969-11-03)
LaunchedOctober 5, 1970; 52 years ago (1970-10-05)
ReplacedNational Educational Television (1952–1970)
WebcastWatch live (US only) Edit this at Wikidata

PBS is funded by a combination of member station dues, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 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.[15] PBS has over 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.[4]

As of 2020, PBS has nearly 350 member stations around the United States.[16]