PBS - Public Broadcasting Service is as the name says, America's public broadcasting network. Funded by the state from U.S. taxpayers, also sponsors and private donations. Founded in 1969, it took over from NET which broadcast in the 50's and 60's.
 
Today PBS broadcasts many British drama and comedy programmes from BBC and Channel 4 and quality made PBS programmes from WGBH in Boston, WQED in Pittsburgh and WNET in New York to over 300 non-profit affiliates across the States, some of the affiliate stations are in universities.



PBS Ident
1970
First-ever PBS Ident from the end of "Go Ride The Music" a 1970 special with Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service.
 
Thanks to Kris Starring & David Merrill Gill for the clip.


PBS Ident
1971
This ident was used at the end of a programme, the beginning usually featured the local public tv station ident.

PBS Ident
1984
Simple animation, but with somewhat majestic music
 
Clip recorded by Kris Starring


PBS Ident
1989
Nice 3D glass looking animated ident...

Click for larger image PBS TV Worth Watching Promo
c1989
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Click for larger image PBS Ident
c1990s
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PBS Ident
2000
A new graphic look in 2000

PBS Stay Curious Promos
2001
Stay curious...

PBS Widescreen Ident
2001
PBS Digital widescreen presentation...

PBS 'Be More' Ident
2003
PBS 'Be More' Ident
2003
PBS 'Be More' Ident
2003
PBS 'Be More' Ident
2003


PBS Promo
2003
Be more...

PBS Promo
2003
Be more empowered..
 
This is a superb promo, following the motives of a goldfish.


PBS Promo
2004
Another heart-warming promo...
 
Be more.. connected.. compassionate.. aware.. original.. inspired.. passionate.. outraged.. courageous.. human.



WGBH Ident
1978
WGBH Boston Presents logo that was originally seen at the beginning of their programmes on PBS.

WNET Ident
1984
This example is WNET New York's unforgetable "Radar" ident that was used from 1984-1989.
 
It appeared at the start of programmes until PBS eliminated them in 1993, allowing only program end-boards.


WSJK Ident
1984
This very 80's promotional music video appeared in 1988 for PBS's "TV Worth Watching" campaign. It features a brief glimpse of the 1984 PBS ID.
 
Clip courtesy Greg Brobeck


WGTE Ident
1989 / 1993
Left clip - WGTE ID Slide that was used around 1989-92
 
Right clip - '93 ident


WGTE Ident
2001 / 2003
Thanksgiving and 30 Years of WGTE TV

WGTE Ident
2004
Digital and Generic idents from 2004
 
Toledo clips from Chris Sobieniak


Official Website
www.pbs.org