11.03.2009 01:00 PM
PBS Aired First Broadcast 40 Years Ago Today
SesameStreetWASHINGTON: America’s  Public Broadcasting System aired its first television broadcasts 40 years ago today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The network formed from when a “string of local educational channels” came together, the Bureau said.

Some of the more well-known programs on PBS include “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” “Masterpiece,” “Antiques Roadshow,” “The American Experience” and “Sesame Street.”

PBS was also the leading broadcaster of key tennis matches for several years. The network currently comprises 356 TV stations. More than 80 million people in 50 million households watch PBS fare during the average week, the network says.

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Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Tue, 11-03-2009 07:41 PM Report Comment
PBS did not come into existence 40 years ago. NET was the network before PBS and that was still going in 1971 when I first joined WNET/13 and producing shows for that network.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Wed, 11-04-2009 09:09 AM Report Comment
Thanks for that; the information came from the Census Bureau.

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