World (TV channel)
New York City & Boston: 2005|
|Slogan||Brave. New. Real.|
|Broadcast area||United States: available in 61.58% of homes|
|Available as a digital subchannel on PBS stations in some areas||Check local listings for availability|
|Available on selected cable systems||Check local listings for availability|
World (previously PBS World) is a United States over-the-air digital subchannel showing public TV non-fiction, science, nature, news, public affairs and documentaries. It is contributed to by the Public Broadcasting Service, WGBH-TV, WNET, and NETA and administered by American Public Television.
In 2004, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation granted PBS funds to develop a public affairs network, Public Square, given the change in broadcasting to digital thus allowing stations to broadcast multiple channels. (Public Square was also a name previous given to a proposed civic series in early 2000s.) The Knight Foundation announced a challenge grant to PBS to launch this network on December 14, 2004 at the Digital Futures Initiative Summit. PBS would have to raise double the grant amount to get the foundation's grant. Additional, the foundation made a grant to PBS for the first program's pilot slated for the network. The program, Global Watch, was to be co-produced by KCET and KQED. The pilot aired on PBS' National Program Service, while the series would only continue on Public Square. PBS was also discussing with WGBH and WNET to fold Public Square and World together.
By December 2005, Boston’s WGBH and WNET were already broadcasting World on a subchannel and added by April 2006, Washington’s WETA. San Francisco’s KQED were already broadcasting its own nonfiction encore channel before April 2005, too. Then, WGBH and WNET team up with PBS to roll out a national version of the local channels as World with KQED continuing on its own. The stations are supposed to program and PBS distributing the network. Public Square was expected to exist as a two to three hours long hosted weeknight programming block on the channel. The network was launched nationally on August 15, 2007.
United States budget sequestration in 2013 caused a cut in Corporation for Public Broadcasting's budget. The CPB then used some fund ($750,000) formerly earmarked for the National Minority Consortia towards the World network.
Current programming and current reruns
- AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange
- America ReFramed
- American Experience
- Charlie Rose (1/2007-)
- Closer To Truth
- Frontline (1/2007-)
- Global Voices
- History Detectives
- Independent Lens
- DW News
- Newsline (NHK)
- Nightly Business Report
- NOVA (1/2007-)
- Pacific Heartbeat
- PBS NewsHour
- The Aspen Institute Presents
- The Tavis Smiley Show
- WORLD exclusive
- Your Voice, Your Story
Stations may also choose to place their own programming, such as local government hearings and events, on their subchannel at local discretion. PBS coverage of Presidential speeches and addresses are also offered regularly as part of the World schedule.
- "Knight Foundation backs launch planning for PBS's Public Square". Current. December 19, 2005. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
- Egner, Jeremy (April 3, 2006). "World and Go! streams flow into PBS plans". Current. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
- Sefton, Dru (June 24, 2013). "CPB reduces aid to longtime grantees". Current. American University School of Communication. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- Where to watch WORLD TV