PBS was originally the National Educational Television network, or NET for short, which was founded in 1952, and television broadcasts commencing on May 25, 1953, starting with the PBS station KUHT-TV. On October 5, 1970, NET officially became the Public Broadcasting Service, or PBS for short. The company's old logos were rediscovered on Wikipedia on May 29, 2005, and on YouTube since around January 2006.
Children's programming began on February 19, 1968 with Misterogers' Neighborhood (color episodes began in 1969), followed by Sesame Street on November 10, 1969.
Transition from NET to PBS
The network was renamed PBS on October 5, 1970. Despite not being affiliated with any of the "Big Six" film studios, PBS has provided the most public television stations in America.
The official PBS website (www.pbs.org) launched on April 19, 1995.
As of November 1998, PBS has been available in HDTV (16:9/1080i) format, though nearly not any shows were presented in HD until at least in 2006. On September 6, 1999, PBS introduced a new generation of PBS Kids, in addition to the launch of a new digital over-the-air broadcast network with the same name on many PBS stations.
List of programs broadcast by PBS
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968-2009)
- Shining Time Station (1989-1998)
- Barney & Friends (1992-2010)
- The Kidsongs Television Show (1994-2001)
- Thomas & Friends (2004-2017)
1968-1970 (National Educational Television)
Two versions -- black and white, then color. Both versions had different voiceovers. It appeared on the first season of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (the one in black and white) and also on Seasons 2-3 from February 10, 1969 to November 19, 1971, as well as on other shows like Washington Week in Review and Sesame Street. It's still intact on the "Sesame Street: Old School Volume 1" DVD set.
A too plain logo, it is now extremely rare, as it is no longer seen on TV at all, but was seen on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (only the initial broadcasts of Season 4), Sesame Street, and early episodes of Masterpiece Theatre.
It's pretty unlikely that you'll ever see this on TV again, but it's still intact on the "Best of the Electric Company" and "Sesame Street: Old School" DVD sets. This logo has appeared on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (since November 22, 1971; reruns included), the first season of Reading Rainbow, as well as in 3-2-1 Contact, and on all episodes of The Electric Company.
The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, PBS' flagship news program, last used this logo on September 28, 1984.
The PBS logo was redesigned in 1984, and was seen at the end of programs such as Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (usually on Episodes 1536–1610, which first aired from November 19, 1984 to May 5, 1989, as well as on reruns of 1975-1976 episodes from 1988-1989), Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, 3-2-1 Contact, Square One TV, and several more.
On one variant, the first episode of Square One TV has the logo multiplying off into the distance.
The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour used this logo from October 1, 1984 to September 15, 1989.
Again, a pretty rare logo. Currently, it's mostly available on home video, but was seen on shows like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (starting on September 25, 1989, including reruns of any older episodes since #1141), Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, Square One TV, Shining Time Station, Barney & Friends, Lamb Chop's Play-Along, etc.
Practically all the Barney & Friends videotapes from 1992 have a silent version of this logo.
The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour used this logo from September 18, 1989 to January 4, 1993.
You still might find this on VHS prints of programs from the mid 90's, but other than that, it was the last logo to be seen on children's programming, before the PBS Kids idents began. Such shows include Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, Ghostwriter, and Shining Time Station.
This logo was first seen at the end of the January 5, 1993 broadcast of The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and continued use through September 4, 1996.
It was also seen after Barney in Concert during the Barney & Friends Family Marathon in March 1993.
Episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from 1974-1975 that last reran from May 31 to July 2, 1993 also had this logo.
Like the other PBS idents, it's best to find it on PBS videotapes.
The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer used this logo from September 5, 1996 to September 30, 1998.
When programs began being presentable in HDTV format, the logo slightly changed in 1998. Here, it had many different people holding up a disc with the P-head on it, and different acrobats jumping from all directions. It is the first to contain the company's web address (www.pbs.org).
The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer used this logo from October 1, 1998 to September 20, 2002.
When the logo changed yet again in 2002, it inluced the slogan "Be More". It can still be seen on lots of primetime shows from the 2000s decade, as well as on digital broadcast networks affiliated with PBS.
It first appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on September 23, 2002.
This ident is currently seen on many programs in ordinary PBS stations.
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