Frequently Asked Questions

I want to be on PBS

  • How can I be on a show or have my child appear on a show?

    PBS is not a production entity. We acquire previously completed programming or enter into production agreements with a variety of independent producers. We do not have information on filming that is in progress, as it may or may not have been submitted to PBS for review.

    You may be interested in contacting the producers of the show you are interested in directly. You can find contact information for the producers of most PBS and PBS KIDS! programs at:
    PBS Programs
    PBS KIDS! Programs

    Some of our local stations, which are independently owned and operated, do produce programming and may be connected to the program you are interested in. We suggest that you contact your local station directly to see if they have further information. Contact information for PBS member stations is available at:
    PBS Station Finder

  • 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 find a program I saw filmed or was featured in?

    PBS is not a production entity. We acquire previously completed programming or enter into production agreements with a variety of independent producers. We do not have information on filming that is in progress, as it may or may not have been submitted to PBS for review.

    Some of our local stations, which are independently owned and operated, do produce programming and may be connected to the program you are interested in. We suggest that you contact your local station directly to see if they have further information. Contact information for PBS member stations is available at:
    PBS Station Finder

  • How do I get tickets to Antiques Roadshow or get an item appraised?

    For more information about possible upcoming tours, you can contact ANTIQUES ROADSHOW directly by  calling their toll free hotline at 1-888-762-3749 or by emailing them at:
    Antiques Roadshow Contact Form
    Contact information for the appraisers featured on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are listed at:
    Antique Roadshow Contact Form  

  • 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

  • I've been contacted by a TV producer who claims that he will feature my company in a "National Public Television" or a "PBS TV" program in exchange for a fee. Is PBS aware of this?

     

    A number of organizations have contacted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to ask us about a production deal they’ve been offered by producers of various television programs carrying titles such as American Milestones, Breakthroughs, In Focus, The Journal, Biography, Giving Back, Impact PTV, Leading Edge, Learning About, Outlook TV, Outlook Television, and Vision Media or other such programs introduced by well know personalities such as Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen, Joan Lunden, Hugh Downs, Jimmy Johnson, or other celebrities. On the information we received from organizations contacted by these producers, the producer typically offers to create a 3-5 minute short program (or interstitial) which highlights the organization’s business. The producer asks the organization to pay for production costs ranging from $20,000 to $30,000, plus additional travel expenses in order to conduct on-site interviews. The organizations that call PBS have been led to believe that the program will be featured on “National Public Television” or that the program will be distributed to “PTV,” “Public Television” or to “PBS Stations.”

    PBS wishes to clarify that it is not associated with these producers and does not endorse, distribute, review underwriting for, or otherwise have any business relationship pertaining to these programs. It is important to note that producers of programs distributed by PBS do not solicit fees from individuals or organizations in return for inclusion in their programs. 

    PBS cannot provide any information about if or when these programs produced for a fee receive any broadcast television time through public television stations, including PBS Member Stations, or any other outlet.

    If you would like to contact us directly for more information, you may do so at:
    Contact Us

    For more information about producers who contact businesses and charge a fee for “interstitial” programming, please see the articles at the following links.

    Farhi, Paul, “Production Firms Stir Suspicion Among Networks, Would-Be Clients,” The Washington Post, Dec. 26, 2012;

    Folkenflik, David, “Sold Documentaries On Public TV, Firms Get Ads,” All Things Considered on National Public Radio, April 20, 2010;

    Strom, Stephanie, “Company Pitches a Television Production, and Nonprofit Groups Are Wary,” The New York Times, August 16, 2008.