WGBH News and Media Relations


January 12, 2017

WGBH Launches 24/7 Kids Channel and Live Digital Stream

Expands Access to Educational Opportunities for Children and Families

(Boston, Jan 12, 2017) -- For more than 60 years, Boston public broadcaster and producer WGBH has used the power of media to promote learning, and beginning January 16 it will further extend its service to families with the launch of the WGBH Kids channel.

The new television service will complement the abundant array of learning tools WGBH creates for educators, students and families across platforms that deepen the educational impact of its content. WGBH pioneered online resources for Massachusetts teachers and formed the foundation of the now national PBS LearningMedia. The digital service offers free access to classroom-ready, curriculum-based materials drawn from WGBH content and that of leading organizations including NASA and The National Archives, with particular depth in STEM resources. Half of all K-12 teachers across the Commonwealth are registered users, among the highest participation in any state, along with nearly 2 million educators nationwide.

 “Supporting early learning has been a hallmark of WGBH’s service to children, and we’re excited to offer even greater access to our educational content for families whenever and wherever they need and want it,” said WGBH president and CEO Jon Abbott. “We know that parents, teachers and caregivers rely on our programs to advance children’s healthy development, and this channel, along with our ongoing direct work with schools and educators, further delivers on our commitment to promoting educational opportunity and success.”

The WGBH Kids Channel is a free, over-the-air service, available to all children, and will offer a full line-up of public television’s trusted, award-winning children’s programs designed for young learners (2-8 years), including WGBH’s productions Arthur, and Martha Speaks, which research has found to measurably improved children’s vocabulary. The service will be available 24-hours-a-day, every day, on digital channel 44.4, and carried on cable services throughout the state. A live stream also will be available at pbskids.org.

WGBH has long been a leader in creating educational programs on all media platforms, and in providing more hours of educational television to local families than other stations across the country. In addition to the 12-hour daily schedule of children’s programs it has offered on WGBH 2 and WGBX 44 for more than two decades, WGBH also schedules and runs the Boston Kids & Family channel in partnership with the city of Boston. The WGBH Kids channel will be the first 24/7 television service for children, and is provided in partnership with PBS.

The WGBH Kids channel will debut on January 16 at 6am. In addition to airing on digital channel 44.4, it will be available on Comcast 958; Fios 472; RCN 93; and Charter 180. The digital stream will be available on pbskids.org as well as on the PBS Kids Video App.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Curious George and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a major supplier of programming for public radio, and oversees Public Radio International (PRI). As a leader in educational multimedia for the classroom, WGBH supplies content to PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students. WGBH also is a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to those with hearing or visual impairments. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors. More info at www.wgbh.org.





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