By Rachel Wynn
November 28 2005
Media Issue Paper
The Public Broadcasting Service and The Commercialization of Children's Programming
Public broadcasting has a special place in television history. Founded in 1969 its goal was to bring quality programming to a mass audience. PBS has its headquarters in Alexandria Virginia and is owned and run by the 349 national public broadcasting stations. As a public broadcasting station it is completely non-profit and is supported not by advertising, but by donations given by the viewers. PBS reaches 99 percent of American homes that have televisions. Aside from being on television PBS is also branching out to other multi media recourses, such as the Internet. Using the Internet has allowed PBS and their member stations reach approximately 90 million viewers per week. The Public Broadcasting Service has been a leader in quality programming for many years. It is a consistent leader for the most prestigious awards, such as the Emmy's and Golden Globes. PBS has won more Emmy's for their children's programming than any other station. The widely known series, "Sesame Street" has itself won 101 Emmys. This total makes the show the most awarded show ever to compete for an Emmy. It is currently in its 36th season, and is surely to be on for many more years to come. The standards that are used to determine the programming create a solid foundation for the station. PBS offers programs with credibility, creativity, and innovation. Diversity is also an important component for their programming. Since PBS reaches 99 percent of American homes, it needs to appeal a diverse audience. What Types of programming they offer. The public broadcasting service offers a wide range of programming. They have award winning science and nature documentaries, arts and drama series, and even of course their widely known children's...