Frequently Asked Questions

I want to support PBS

  • How can I support my local PBS member station?

    We encourage you to support your local PBS member stations. By contributing at the local level, you support your station's ability to purchase the programs you enjoy, as well as to produce local programming and to serve as a vital educational and cultural resource within your community. Many stations offer their members a program guide, highlighting the air dates and times of shows you won't want to miss. For more information on supporting PBS, please contact your member station or visit the following area of pbs.org:
    PBS Station Finder
    Supporting PBS

  • How can I support PBS?

    There are two different ways to contribute to PBS. The first is to support your local PBS member station. By contributing at the local level, you support your station's ability to purchase the programs you enjoy, as well as to produce local programming and to serve as a vital educational and cultural resource within your community. Please contact your local PBS member station directly for more information. Contact information for PBS member stations is available at:
    PBS Station Finder

    You may also contribute directly to the national programming budget, supporting PBS’ ability to acquire quality programming, by making a contribution to the PBS Foundation, the national mechanism for receiving gifts of all sizes to PBS.  Visit https://www.pbs.org/donate to make a tax deductible gift today or send your contribution to:

    PBS Foundation
    2100 Crystal Drive
    Arlington, VA 22202


    Or you can designate a gift to PBS via the Network for Good Web site:
    Donate to PBS

  • 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

  • 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 attached to an experienced production entity.

  • How do I submit PSAs, 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