Below please find several documents to prepare programs that have been accepted for broadcast by the PBS National Program Service and Plus Service. These guidelines do not necessarily cover all of the requirements related to PBS Fundraising Programming.
Policies and guidelines are subject to change.
Funding standards, practices, and guidelines for PBS broadcast programs.
The Red Book
PLEASE NOTE: The Red Book is currently under revision. Please speak with your Programming contact if you have any questions or concerns.
Packaging, deliverable, promotion, technical, and legal guidelines for PBS broadcast programs.
Producers who have submitted programs to PBS but have not yet received final approval should not initiate the packaging and delivery process.
For more information about the Red Book, contact PBS Content Services at 703-739-5010.
- Deliverables (176.8 KB)
- Format (247.3 KB)
- Underwriting (128.1 KB)
- Promotion (242.6 KB)
- Interactive (39.1 KB)
- Education (56.3 KB)
- On-Air Offers (120.4 KB)
- Production Credits (109.1 KB)
- Producer & Presenter Credits (118.8 KB)
- Rights (94.2 KB)
- Parental Ratings (84.5 KB)
Toolkits (64.5 KB)
Guidelines for notifying PBS of objectionable content prior to delivery of a program.
Technical Operating Specifications (TOS)
All programs must meet the technical requirements set forth in PBS's Technical Operating Specifications (TOS) Manual (updated January 2013).
- TOS Submission (255.2 KB) and File Submission (340.9 KB) are intended for producers, editors and engineers who are submitting programs for PBS broadcast.
- Satellite Transmission (270.6 KB) and Distribution (158.5 KB) documents may also be referenced as applicable.
Manual for the development of websites for PBS.org
Photo Guidelines for producers