PBS World To Launch In August

PBS documentary, public affairs, and news programming will soon be available 24/7, when PBS World launches on August 15. Series such as American Experience, NOVA, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer will be regular features on the channel. Miniseries including Ken Burns’ The War will also be offered, in addition to a variety of appropriately themed independent films and programs.

“PBS World has been created both for viewers who have an appetite for nonfiction programming, as well as loyal public television viewers who want choice and convenience in accessing their favorite programs,” said Paula Kerger, president of PBS. “This new channel allows us to deliver more of the news and public affairs programming that our audiences tell us they want.”

“Quality nonfiction programming sets public television apart. PBS WORLD makes a wide-ranging and diverse lineup of exceptional programs available to audiences across the day,” added Jon Abbott, COO of PBS member station WGBH.

When PBS World launches next month, it will be offered in nearly 20 markets across the country by stations representing more than 26 percent of households. Major markets include New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Cleveland, and Tampa, as well as many mid-sized markets across the country. Local public television stations will be able to combine critical national programming with local news and public affairs programs daily, tailoring the channel to regional needs and tastes.

PBS World is produced and distributed by PBS, WGBH Boston, and Thirteen/WNET New York, in association with American Public Television and the National Educational Telecommunications Association.

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