PBS fulfills its essential mission to the American public by providing trusted content that is uniquely different from commercial broadcasting, treating its audiences as citizens, not simply consumers. Working collaboratively with 350 independently owned and operated local member stations, PBS provides the American public with impactful and high-quality television and digital content that inspires curiosity about the world we share.
Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 33 million people online, inviting all to explore new ideas and broaden personal horizons with content that expands the minds of children; programs that ensure the worlds of music, theater, dance and art remain accessible to all Americans; documentaries that open up new worlds; and non-commercialized news programs that keep citizens informed on world events and cultures. With award-winning television and digital content, PBS continues to build momentum across genres, devices and audiences – impacting the lives of all Americans by making content more accessible than ever before.
In addition, PBS and member stations have an enduring dedication to education at the local and national levels. As America’s largest classroom, PBS and WGBH developed PBS LearningMedia, a media-on-demand service that offers educators access to the best of public media and delivers research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences to engage students around standards-aligned curriculum concepts.
With local independent stations rooted in communities across the country, public media is unrivalled in its commitment to optimize the power and potential of media to strengthen democracy, build stronger communities and improve lives. An annual national survey confirms that PBS and local stations deliver an outstanding return on investment to the nation. For 13 consecutive years PBS has been rated as the most trustworthy institution among nationally known public organizations. In addition, PBS provides an “excellent” value for tax dollars, outranked only by military defense. Results also confirm that the American public ranks PBS KIDS the most education brand, the top provider of content that “helps prepare children for success in school and life,” the safest media destination, as well as a leading innovator in educational media and more.