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PBS has received proposals for programs in which a variety of organizations other than public television stations are co-producers. These proposals sometimes involve organizations such as universities, think tanks, and business corporations that are not traditionally involved in the production of broadcast programs and might have a direct interest in the subject of the programs.

In evaluating the acceptability of these organizations as proposed program co-producers, PBS considers the following broad principles:

  1. To protect the integrity of public television programming, the content of such programming must be free from the control of parties with a vested self-interest in that content; and
  2. Programming must be consistent with the non-commercial, non-governmental character of public television.

Updated: December 2016