Nonpartisan Study Cites PBS as Top U.S. Provider of Quality Children's Programming
Release Date: 11/17/08
Author: PBS KIDS/M Simmons
Denver, CO – November 17, 2008 – PBS KIDS® and PBS KIDS GO!sm programming are among the most education-rich offerings on television, according to a new report released today by independent research and advocacy organization Children Now.
While most commercial networks that air children’s programming only meet the three-hour per week requirement set by the Federal Communications Commission in 1996, PBS delivers up to nine hours of solid educational programming to its affiliates each day, noted Brad Haug, program director at Denver PBS station KBDI-Channel 12.
With a carefully-selected schedule packed with engaging series designed to boost four key areas of childhood development – cognitive, social, emotional and physical, PBS continues to be America’s top broadcaster for high-quality, educational children’s programming.
PBS leverages media, technology and powerful character role models to guide children in their development of core curriculum skills -- literacy, science, technology, engineering, math and healthy living, and provides specific services for the most disadvantaged communities.
The network’s on-air offerings also are cited in the study for their age-appropriate and non-violent content. PBS’s shows for children and families feature positive character role models that are reflective of its widely-diverse audience. Only PBS has earned the unanimous endorsement of parents, children, industry leaders and teachers. The year 2008 marked the eleventh consecutive year that PBS earned more Daytime Emmys for its children’s programming than any other broadcast or cable network.
For more information on Children Now’s “Educationally/Insufficient?” study, visit: www.childrennow.org/eireport.
For nearly 30 years Colorado Public Television (KBDI-TV/12) has been providing high-quality news and public affairs programming that address substantive social and educational needs. Often edgy and iconoclastic, KBDI is public broadcasting at its best, offering alternative services not found elsewhere in Colorado television. KBDI delivers three digital channels – more than any other Colorado broadcaster. In addition to its flagship KBDI broadcast station (12.1) with a strong mix of local, national and international programming, KBDI airs The Documentary Channel (12.2) featuring the works of independent filmmakers and MHz Worldview (12.3), a lineup of programs with diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience.