Frequently Asked Questions

I want to share an idea with PBS

  • Can I submit a program idea to PBS?

    Since PBS is not a production entity, we do not assist in the direct production of programs. We acquire previously completed programming or enter into production agreements with a variety of independent producers, and we are unable to accept or assist with program ideas that are not affiliated to an experienced production entity.

  • How can I have my child’s birthday announced on PBS?

    PBS does not sponsor any national children's birthday clubs; however, some of our PBS Member Stations have local kids’ clubs which broadcast birthday announcements on-air.

    To find out if your local public television station is one of them, you can go to:
    PBS Station Finder
    to find your local station’s contact information. We suggest that you email or call your local PBS station to find out about any local PBS Kids’ clubs or events.

    To submit cards for PBS KIDS SPROUT, please visit the following web site:
    Sprout's The Sunny Side Up Show

  • How do I submit materials (DVDs, books, music, etc…) to PBS for possible review?

    Since PBS is not a production entity, we do not assist in the direct production of programs. We acquire previously completed programming or enter into production agreements with a variety of independent producers, and we are unable to accept or assist with program ideas that are not attached to an experienced production entity.

    However, some of our member stations do produce television programming. Contact information for PBS member stations is available at: PBS Station Finder

    You may also be interested in contacting the producers of one of our ongoing series as they are responsible for the content of their individual programs. Most of our program contacts are located at:
    PBS Programs
    PBS KIDS! Programs

  • How do I submit PSA's, birthday requests, or local community announcements to PBS?

    PBS’ national headquarters does not distribute PSAs, birthday announcements or local community announcements. Since all of our member stations are independently owned and operated and make scheduling decisions locally for their viewing area, you may wish to contact the stations in your area directly with your request.

    Contact information for PBS member stations is available at:
    PBS Station Finder

  • What are the guidelines for submitting a program proposal to PBS?

    Since PBS is not a production entity, we do not assist in the direct production of programs. We acquire previously completed programming or enter into production agreements with a variety of independent producers.

    Information for producers of independent films is available at:
    Producing for PBS

    Proposals are evaluated on an ongoing basis. They are judged on the quality of the idea, the credentials of the production team, the needs of the schedule, and the financial request to PBS. As you might imagine, dollars are limited, so producers are encouraged to seek outside sources of funding.

    Program proposals may be submitted to PBS Programming Services at any time throughout the year. Submissions should be addressed to: 
     
                PBS Program Scheduling & Editorial Management
                2100 Crystal Drive
                Arlington, VA  22202

    You may also wish to contact the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, non-profit corporation located at 401 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004-2129 (Tel: 202/879-9600 or 800/272-2190 or web site: http://www.cpb.org). CPB also funds radio and television programs produced by public television stations and independent producers. CPB has a more formalized structure for proposal submission, and we are sure that they would be happy to send you their guidelines.

    Some of our member stations also produce television programming. Contact information for PBS member stations is available at:
    PBS Station Finder