PBS Kids

PBS Kids
PBS Kids
Type Kids program block
Channel aired from 1999 to 2005
Branding PBS KIDS
Country United States
Canada (via cable)
Mexico (1996-1999)
Availability All of North America
Founded October 11, 1993
Slogan Let's Go and Play!
Broadcast area All of North America
Area All of North America
Owner PBS
Key people Eric Hollies (founders by PBS KIDS GO), Sara Shepard (founder by PBS Kids), Diane Chagnon (PBS Kids Sprout)
Launch date October 11, 1993 (block)
September 6, 1999 (channel)
Dissolved September 26, 2005 (channel)
Former names PTV (October 11, 1993-September 5, 1999)
Official website



PBS Kids is the brand for children's programming aired by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States founded in 1993. As with all PBS programming, PBS Kids programming is non-commercial. It is aimed at children ages 2 to 10.[citation needed] In 2005, the PBS Kids channel was replaced by PBS Kids Sprout.



Along with the block of programming on PBS, PBS Kids was a separate television network, founded in the fall of 1999,[1] and was targeted to children four to seven years old. The PBS Kids Channel ran for six years and was largely funded by DirecTV. The channel ceased broadcast on September 26, 2005, in favor of a new commercial joint venture, PBS Kids Sprout, which is a partnership owned by Comcast[2] About half of PBS TV stations still program a children's channel themselves over their multicasting service,[3] such as WNET, WHYY, WNED, WFWA, UNC-TV, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Twin Cities Public Television, WGBH, WQED, WMHT, WTTW, WYCC, and WETA-TV. On PBS, two blocks of programming are currently included in PBS Kids, including PBS Kids GO! and the PBS Kids Preschool Block, and the former block, PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch, which was launched in 2000 and canceled in 2004.

Current programs

The following programs are in production and airing on PBS Stations.

Past programs

The following programs are no longer in production, although some of them may still air as reruns on some PBS stations or other channels.


  1. ^ Karen Everhart Bedford (August 30, 1999). "Multi-purpose PBS Kids takes flight next week". Originally published in Current. http://www.current.org/ch/ch916k.html. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Singel, Ryan (December 3, 2009). "Comcast Buys NBC, Clouding Online TV’s Future". http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/12/comcast-buys-nbc-clouding-online-tvs-future/. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Katy June-Friesen (January 12, 2009). "Many stations packaging their own kids’ channels They’ve got something for tots on DTV menu". Originally published in Current. http://www.current.org/kids/kids0901multicast.shtml. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 

External links

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