CPB promotes the growth and development of public media in communities throughout America.
When Congress created CPB, it declared that developing public media is an important objective not only for private and local initiatives, but also “of appropriate and important concern” to the federal government. Congress also decided that establishing CPB as a private, not-for-profit corporation would facilitate the development of public media.
CPB funds ITVS (the Independent Television Service) and five minority program consortia, which represent African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander television producers.
Since 1968, CPB has been the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting and the largest single source of funding for public radio, television, and related online and mobile services. For approximately $1.35 per American per year, CPB provides essential operational support for the nearly 1,300 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations, which reach virtually every household in the country.
Local public television and radio stations collectively reach more than 98 percent of the U.S. population with free programming and services.
CPB also makes available some of the most entertaining, informative, educational, and culturally-relevant programming—including Sesame Street, PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Great Performances, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Marketplace—through the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), NPR, American Public Media, and Public Radio International (PRI).
More than 118 million Americans tune into PBS stations on a monthly basis, and 37 million listen to public radio each week.
CPB itself produces no programming, but helps support the production of broadcast programs and other services for multiple digital platforms by thousands of producers and production companies throughout the country. These CPB-funded programs and services reflect our common values and cultural diversity, and address the needs of unserved and underserved audiences around the country in ways that are not possible with commercial media alone.
Respondents to the 2010 Roper Public Affairs Poll named PBS the nation’s most-trusted institution for the seventh consecutive year.
CPB, PBS, and NPR are independent of each other and of the local public television and radio stations across the country. CPB neither owns, operates, nor controls broadcast stations, but distributes more than 70 percent of its federal funds directly to stations throughout the country.
At a time of continued media consolidation, local public television and radio stations provide their communities with unparalleled local content and coverage. Public radio stations, for example, produce 29 percent of their own programming locally, responding to community needs and leveraging local support.
Open to the Public
Comments on programming are compiled in annual and monthly Open to the Public reports.
- Federal Appropriation
- Operating Budget
- Business Plan
- Annual Reports
- Funding By State
- Audited Financial Statements
- Form 990
Goals and Objectives
- Goals and Objectives
- Objectivity and Balance
- National Opinion Polls
- Research White Papers
- Public Media 2.0
Board of Directors
- Alternative Funding Report for Public Broadcasting PDF
- Annual Reports
- Open to the Public
- Services to Minorities and Diverse Audiences
- Independent Television Service (ITVS)
- CPB's Response to the Office of Inspector General Report PDF
- 2012 CPB Report to Congress Cover Letter PDF
- Public Broadcasting Act of 1967
- Corporation for Public Broadcasting Statute PDF
- Articles of Incorporation PDF
- By-Laws of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (complete as amended) PDF