WETA Washington, DC; KERA Dallas; Vegas PBS;
WGVU Grand Rapids; VPM Richmond; WDCQ Flint;
Ozarks Public Television; and KRWG El Paso
May 6, 2020 – WORLD Channel, a national public media broadcast, online and social media platform with news and documentaries humanizing complex issues from across the globe, has recently added eight public television licensees and their affiliated stations. WORLD’s award-winning documentary and storytelling original content will now be accessible at 174 partner public media stations, including the top 15 U.S. broadcast markets, representing 72% of US TV households
Stations joining WORLD include national production powerhouse WETA in Washington, D.C.; KERA in Dallas, TX; Vegas PBS in Las Vegas, NV; WGVU/WGVK in Grand Rapids / Kalamazoo, MI; VPM in Richmond, VA, also reaching Harrisonburg and Charlottesville; Ozarks Public Television in Springfield, MO; WDCQ in Flint, MI, and KRWG in Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX.
“WETA serves the Washington, D.C. area and the nation with a wide array of acclaimed nonfiction content that informs and educates, from PBS NewsHour to documentaries from production partners Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,” said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, WETA President and CEO. “Through our new partnership with WORLD Channel, we look forward to sharing broad new perspectives, stories and ideas with our community.”
“As Virginia’s home for trusted public media content, VPM helps audiences become active and engaged citizens,” said Jayme Swain, CEO of the Virginia Foundation for Public Media and President of VPM. “WORLD Channel offers our viewers international news, independent documentaries, special coverage and new ideas that help them explore the world around them.”
“WGVU is excited to support WORLD Channel and introduce its robust programming to our audiences” said Ken Kolbe, WGVU Public Media General Manager. “We feel it’s important in our mission to showcase the tremendous work WORLD Channel is doing with diverse filmmakers and voices on all platforms.”
General Manager Adrian Velarde notes "KRWG Public Media is excited to offer WORLD to our viewers in Southwest New Mexico and far West Texas. The diverse programming and mix of international news, plus relevant, powerful documentaries are sure to resonate with our members.”
“WORLD endeavors to provide the best in public media news and documentaries - especially stories from people of differing backgrounds, circumstances and orientation with perspectives too often left unheard,” said Liz Cheng, General Manager for Television at WGBH and WORLD Channel. “We are honored that our new member stations believe in us to deliver on this mission.”
In addition to local broadcast/cable, WORLD Channel content can be streamed on WORLDChannel.org as well as via its social media channels on YouTube, Facebook Watch, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, reaching diverse audiences both nationally and internationally.
About WORLD Channel
WORLD shares the best of public media in news, documentaries, and fact-based informational programming that helps us understand conflicts, movements and cultures that may be distinct from our own. WORLD's original content examines issues too often ignored by mainstream media by sharing stories with a diversity of voices. WORLD has won a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, a National News and Documentary Emmy Award and many other national honors—including 1st and 2nd place Native Media Awards, an RTNDA Kaleidoscope Award, a Media for a Just Society Award, two Lesbian & Gay Journalist Awards, two Gracies, and an Asian American Journalists Award. WORLD is a growing platform carried by 174 partner stations in markets representing more than 72% of US TV households. It is also available onWORLDChannel.organd social media platforms. Funding for WORLD Channel is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. WORLD Channel is produced by WGBH with the support of WNET and is distributed by American Public Television (APT).