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Left: Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark. Credit: Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for MASTERPIECE. Top Right: Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult breaching. Credit: Bertie Gregory. Bottom Right: Atomic Test. Courtesy of Ken Hackman.

POLDARK Drama and Unprecedented Look at Sea Life in
BIG BLUE LIVE Spark PBS’ 2015 Summer Season

– Highlights Include New Dramas, Atomic Bomb 70 Years Later, Indie Films
and Fresh Lineup of Science, Nature and History Programs –

PBS and our member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world. In addition, PBS's educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way. 

We invite you to find out more about America’s largest public media enterprise.

     Recent Announcements

(May 21, 2015)
PBS Summer Brings a Slate of New Science Programming 

(May 20, 2015)
PBS and Comcast Partner to Double Current Season Programming on Xfinity On Demand

(May 13, 2015)
New Research Shows PBS LearningMedia's Impact on Student Achievement

(May 13, 2015)
PBS KIDS Announces Premiere Date for New Animated Series READY JET GO!

(May 13, 2015)
David Fanning, Founder & Executive Producer of FRONTLINE, Honored with the PBS “Be More” Award

(May 12, 2015)
New PBS KIDS Series NATURE CAT Will Premiere November 25, 2015

(May 7, 2015)
PBS LearningMedia Honored with a CODiE Award and a Golden Eagle Award

(May 7, 2015)
POLDARK Drama and Unprecedented Look at Sea Life in BIG BLUE LIVE Spark PBS’ 2015 Summer Season

(May 7, 2015)
PBS and BBC Announce BIG BLUE LIVE, A Three-Part LIVE Television Event Showcasing Marine Life Along America’s West Coast

(May 4, 2015)
Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen Are Back For Season 2 of the Critically Acclaimed Comedy, VICIOUS August 23, 2015 on PBS

(April 30, 2015)
PBS KIDS Digital Series OH NOAH! Launches New Videos and Games to Introduce Kids to Spanish

(April 29, 2015)
New PBS American Drama MERCY STREET to Star Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gary Cole, Peter Gerety, Norbert Leo Butz, Among Others

(April 29, 2015)
New Episodes of PBS KIDS Series ODD SQUAD to Premiere This May

(April 28, 2015)
PBS Programs and Promotions Win 17 Daytime Emmy® Awards

(April 28, 2015)
PBS Programs Win Two James Beard Foundation Awards

(April 28, 2015)
PBS Honored with One Award at 2015 Webbys

(April 24, 2015)
Revolutionary PBS KIDS Super Vision App Launches on Apple Watch

(April 23, 2015)
PBS Announces New Multi-Platform Strategy to Showcase Independent Film

(April 23, 2015)
PBS Programs Receive 4 Peabody Awards

(April 23, 2015)
Memo to PBS Station General Managers Regarding FINDING YOUR ROOTS Episode “Roots of Freedom”

(April 21, 2015)
Statement from PBS and WNET on FINDING YOUR ROOTS Episode "Roots of Freedom"

(April 17, 2015)
Statements Regarding FINDING YOUR ROOTS Episode “Roots of Freedom”

(April 16, 2015)
PBS Receives Grants to Develop Content and Resources to Support Parents and Families

(April 14, 2015)
PBS KIDS Launches Its First Online World: Kart Kingdom, a Free, Educational Digital Adventure

(April 9, 2015)
Ken Burns' 1990 Masterpiece THE CIVIL WAR Re-Mastered to Achieve Highest Definition for New Broadcast on PBS

(April 9, 2015)
PBS KIDS Announces New Series READY JET GO! Will Premiere in Winter 2016

(April 8, 2015)
AMERICAN EPIC - A Journey Through the Music that Transformed America

(April 8, 2015)
PBS LearningMedia Announces Teachers Selected for the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program

(April 7, 2015)
PBS, Member Stations and Producers Score a Combined 11 Webby Nominations and 18 Honoree Recognitions

(April 7, 2015)
Statement from ITVS, PBS, POV and WNET on Independent Film and Public Media

(April 3, 2015)
Free online streaming for GREAT PERFORMANCES “Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert”

(April 1,2015) 
PBS KIDS Celebrates Earth Month On-Air, on Digital Platforms and in Communities this April

(March 31, 2015)
PBS and PBS KIDS Receive 49 Daytime Emmy Nominations

(March 26,2015)
Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE on PBS Announce Upcoming Season 6 to Be Final Season of “Downton Abbey”

(March 19, 2015)
PBS KIDS' "Odd Squad Saves the World" Special Brings in Top Viewership

(March 3, 2015)
The Fred Rogers Company Announces Production of Second Season of Emmy-Winning Preschool Hit PEG + CAT for PBS KIDS

(March 2, 2015)
PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS Producers Win Six Kidscreen Awards and Two iKids Awards

(February 20, 2015)
National Survey Confirms that PBS and Member Stations Are America’s Most Trusted Institution and an “Excellent” Use of Tax Dollars for 12th Consecutive Year

(February 9, 2015)
PBS Programs Honored with Two NAACP Image Awards

(February 4, 2015)
Season 5 Premiere of “Downton Abbey” on MASTERPIECE Reaches Average Audience of 15.1 Million People

(February 2, 2015)
PBS Distribution Announces Theatrical Release of Stanley Nelson's "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"

(January 29, 2015)
PBS KIDS Announces Annual Writers Contest

(January 28, 2015)
Season Two of PBS' GENEALOGY ROADSHOW Receives Support From Ancestry

(January 26, 2015)
“Downton Abbey” Wins Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

(January 19, 2015)
PBS KIDS and SESAME STREET to Premiere First Cookie Monster Special

(January 19, 2015)
PBS KIDS Announces New Series NATURE CAT Will Premiere in Fall 2015

(January 19, 2015)
Oscar®-Nominated “Last Days in Vietnam” to be Available for Free Streaming on PBS Station Sites February 5-7, 2015

(January 19, 2015)
PBS Announces New Programming During Winter 2015 TCA Session 

(January 19, 2015)
Two New Documentaries Make Summer 2015 Debut – THE BOMB and URANIUM – TWISTING THE DRAGON’S TAIL 

(January 19, 2015)
PBS Remembers the Vietnam War With Week of Special Programming

(January 19, 2015)
PBS Announces New American Drama Series Set in Virginia During the Civil War, The New Drama (Title TBD) Will Offer Unique Blend of Hospital Drama and Family Saga

(January 19, 2015)
Leading Public Service Broadcasters BBC and PBS Announce Major New Partnership

(January 15, 2015)
PBS Black History Month Programming Celebrates the Richness of African-American History and Culture  

(January 15, 2015)
Rory Kennedy's Last Days in Vietnam Receives Academy Award Nomination for Documentary Feature

(January 15, 2015)
PBS Appoints Jonathan Barzilay as Chief Operating Officer

(January 15, 2015)
PBS LearningMedia Now Offers 100,000 Digital Resources in its Library for Educators

(January 15, 2015)
PBS KIDS Releases First App From New Series ODD SQUAD

(January 12, 2015)
"Downton Abbey" Actress Joanne Froggatt Wins First Golden Globe

(January 8, 2015)
PBS KIDS Debuts New App From Hit Series PEG + CAT

(January 8, 2015)
PBS KIDS Premieres Special Downton Abbey-Inspired Episode of ARTHUR 

(January 6, 2015)
“Downton Abbey, Season 5” on MASTERPIECE Premieres to Huge Audience

Press Release Archive

    Paula Kerger, President and CEO, PBS PBS Mission and Values In the Media
    In the Media

    Fast Company takes a look at PBS Digital Studios, and its efforts to reach new audiences

    Chicago Tribune interviews PBS President Paula Kerger about PBS and local member station, WTTW

    SLATE explains 'Why You Should Be Watching CALL THE MIDWIFE'

    In an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, PBS President Paula Kerger discusses the changing media landscape and importance of local PBS stations

    Men's Journal declares EARTH A New Wild 'a nature documentary that could actually make a difference'

    The Washington Post explains why it is 'enchanted' and 'eating up every episode' of THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW

    Yahoo Tech looks at how PBS, and PBS Digital Studios, learned to thrive on YouTube

    In a Morning Joe interview, PBS President Paula Kerger talks about PBS, and its role in the marketplace

    PBS President Paula Kerger visits Market Makers to talk about PBS' evolution, and its work in digital

    A.V. Club examines why 'Sesame Street is the perfect TV show'

    Deadline explores PBS' increase in ratings for the 2013-'14 season

    BuzzFeed names MASTERPIECE's 'Death Comes to Pemberley' one of 10 fall shows to be excited about

    Los Angeles Times on SESAME STREET: 'Even decades after its debut, the show remains a powerhouse'

    Entertainment Weekly: 'Broadway fans have plenty of reasons to tune into PBS on Friday nights this fall'

    Washington Post on THE ROOSEVELTS: 'Once you finish all 14 hours, you’re sorry to see them go'

    'Last Days in Vietnam' from AMERICAN MASTERS is 'gripping from start to finish" declares A.V. Club

    New York Times calls THE ROOSEVELTS Burns's 'most ambitions and deeply moving documentary since THE CIVIL WAR'

    USC Rossier interviews PBS KIDS' Lesli Rotenberg about future of children's media

    PBS KIDS' Sara DeWitt discusses Chromecast availability

    'Losing Iraq' is 'another example of the enduring value of FRONTLINE,' writes TV Worth Watching

    Reviewing 'Freedom Summer' from AMERICAN MASTERS, New York Times declares 'it’s hard to imagine two hours better spent in front of a screen'

    A+ review from Newsday for FRONTLINE 'The United States of Secrets'

    USA Today declares PBS a 'formidable creator in the YouTube space with PBS Digital Studios'

    Baltimore Sun calls 'Muscle Shoals' from INDEPENDENT LENS 'the best documentary I've seen this year on television'

    Los Angeles Times: 'YOUR INNER FISH reminds us what smart TV really is'
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    BuzzFeed lists reasons why 'Call the Midwife' is 'one of the best shows on television'

    The Washington Post: 'PBS is beating its competition by focusing on strong women'

    With 'Downton Abbey' and 'Sherlock,' Los Angeles Times declares 'PBS has become a Sunday night ratings force'

    In an Op-Ed, PBS KIDS' Lesli Rotenberg addresses school readiness and research findings

    Series creators discuss 'Peg + Cat' in a Parade Magazine interview