There are more than 100 organisations around the world that self-identify as public service media.

But while many of these organisations are built upon the core values of public media – such as public funding, accountability, accuracy, impartiality and universalism – each varies in structure, in their operation, and the degree to which they adhere to each value.

They also differ according to the social, political, cultural and economic contexts of their national setting.

With this in mind, the Public Media Alliance has used publicly available data to provide an index of these organisations and the way in which they identify as public service media. The index will be used to analyse these organisations and the extent to which they provide value to the public in our new annual review.

Exploring the data

Simply scroll the page or use the dotted icons on the right hand side to browse the data.

The information is arranged by region and alphabetically.

This is an ongoing project for PMA and we would welcome input from members and other public media organisations. Please email with any suggestions or comments regarding the details we display for your organisation.  More organisations will be added in the coming weeks.


Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC)

Radio | Television | Online


in 23 Ghanaian


audience share
of GTV &
GTV Sports+


RSF World
Press Freedom

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Government of Ghana

Ghana has one of the freest media landscapes in Africa – and worldwide. The public broadcaster is also protected from political or editorial interference under the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Act 1968 and the 1992 Constitution as well as other legal provisions. The National Media Commission (NMC) is the regulator in Ghana that oversees media organisations in the country.

GBC is funded by a TV licence fee, which costs GHC36 (GBP6) annually and is supplemented by commercial revenue.

Recent reports reveal that the GBC needs around GHC600 million for the live coverage of the 2020 Ghanaian Election Petition.

In other news, GBC announced a collaboration with the University of Environment and Sustainable Development to promote science programmes and support education in Ghana.

Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)

Radio | Television | Online


reach across
the country
via radio


different languages
for radio


Namibia has
the highest press
ranking in
Africa (RSF)

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Government of Namibia

NBC is regulated and governed by the Namibian Broadcasting Act No. 9 of 1991. The public broadcaster is supervised and controlled by the NBC Board of Directors. The Minister of Information and Communication Technology appoints the Board members for a five-year period.

“The NBC Board, in turn, appoints a Director General. This Director General, the chief executive officer, is a member of the Board; he is, however, not entitled to exercise a vote at board meetings.”

[Text sourced from NBC]

NBC is primarily funded by an annual state subsidy. This is supplemented by an annual television licence fee, which costs N$ 204 (£12), although there are concessions for pensioners, disabled persons and households with multiple TV sets. Other sources of income derive from commercial activities including airtime and programme sales and renting out transmitters.

In recent years, NBC has dealt with a worsening financial crisis. In 2019, this resulted in the public broadcaster announcing cost-cutting measures, including reducing or suspending airtime across its radio and television channels. While some of these measures have since been lifted, NBC has been in recent negotiations with a labour union about contracts.

Even though NBC has risen to the challenge of covering COVID-19 by making information available in local languages and providing special COVID-19 programmes, the pandemic has further added to its funding woes due to declining advertising revenue and internet connectivity issues.

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)

Radio | Television | Online


audience trust
in SABC News


national news
market share


network viewers
per month 

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SABC is a state-owned company – with the government as its sole shareholder – and is guided by corporate government codes. The corporation is governed and controlled by a 15-member (12 non-executive and three executive) board of directors, in accordance with the Broadcasting Act No. 4 of 1999.  

Licence fee payments contribute to around 15% of SABC’s total income alongside commercial revenue.  

SABC enjoys a 73.2% radio market share. According to the broadcaster, all adults (15+ years) spend 3 hours and 36 minutes listening to radio across all its stations, amounting to a 92% (37.5 million) weekly reach and a 73% daily reach (29.9 million) on weekdays. 


Korean Broadcasting System (KBS)

Radio | Television | Online


most trusted
media during
pandemic in
South Korea


of South Koreans
use KBS Weekly


available via
KBS World Radio

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The fact that the Board of Governors and executives are appointed by the Korean President has raised concerns in recent years about the independence of KBS from the state. This has been recognised among KBS’ management and as a result, the public broadcaster has implemented measures, including amending the Broadcast Planning Regulation to better protect its independence. In its 2019 Annual Report, KBS stated:  

In order to institutionally establish the autonomy and independence of broadcasting production, the Broadcast Planning Regulation was amended for the first time in 16 years. We increased institutional effectiveness by making Planning Committee meetings mandatory and newly implementing a regulation for executive director appointment approval. We also created a new provision to guarantee independence, making it clear that we must maintain our independence from external pressure and unfair interference. 

KBS is funded by a licence fee that is levied alongside electricity fees. It also generates its own revenue through advertising.

Licence Fee: 2,500 won a month (the licence fee has been set at this price since 1981; however, recent proposals by the KBS Board of Directors considers increasing it to 3,840 won per month).

    • Licence Fee Income (end of 2019): 670.5 billion KRW 
    • Licence fee supplemented by advertisements.

KBS operates broadcasting stations in 9 major cities nationwide and broadcasting stations in 9 regions, and has opened overseas offices in 14 regions. 50% use KBS weekly (RISJ Digital News Report 2020).

50% trust in KBS News – 3rd highest online news brand (RISJ Digital News Report 2020). It was also considered the 2nd most trusted media outlet in South Korea in 2019 (The Korea Bizwire).

4, 701

During the COVID-19 pandemic, KBS launched the ‘COVID-19 Integrated Newsroom’ to help keep the nation informed with the latest COVID-19 information. Its extensive coverage placed KBS as the “most trusted media organisation and source of news among Korean viewers” during the pandemic in 2020.

Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK)

Radio | Television | Online


of audience
consider NHK
most trusted
outlet (RISJ)


Available in
160 countries


total income
from receiving

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Ownership: Japanese Government

NHK is a statutory corporation chartered under the Broadcasting Act of 1950. Articles 28-30 of the Broadcasting Act also set out the establishment, authority, and organisation of NHK’s Board of Governors (the decision-making body for management policy and operations). According to NHK, “The governors are approved by both houses of the Diet on behalf of the people of Japan and are appointed by the Prime Minister.” 

  • Receiving fee: 13,990 yen per year (terrestrial); 24,770 yen per year (satellite)
    Received 699.5 billion yen from receiving fees (97.6%) of total operating income (FY 2018)
  • 54 Domestic broadcasting stations; 31 overseas offices.
  • NHK WORLD PREMIUM reaches approximately 20 million households in over 100 countries
  • 6 Domestic TV Channels:
    • Two terrestrial TV channels: General TV and Educational TV; Four satellite TV channels: BS 1, BS Premium, BS4K and BS8K
    • 3 radio channels: Radio 1, Radio 2 and FM
  • External channels:
    • NHK WORLD-JAPAN (English TV channel and Radio service for 17 languages); NHK WORLD PREMIUM (Japanese TV channel); NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN (Japanese Radio service)


NHK WORLD-JAPAN operates in 17 languages

Public Television Service (PTS)

Television | Online


trusted source
of news in


Taiwan's 2020
Freedom House
score for freedom


of online PTS
traffic derived
from PeoPo

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The PTS Act was legalised in 1997. The law stipulated the major mandate and performance of Taiwan’s public service broadcaster, and editorial guidelines were ratified by staff and management. This has since been continuously documented by PTS’ Board of Governors from 2005 onwards.

Amendments to the Broadcasting and Television Act, Cable Television Act, and Satellite Broadcasting Act in 2003 also ensure that government, political parties, and elected party officials cannot invest in broadcasting and television industries. PTS’ funding model also ensures that it remains independent from political or commercial interference. 

PTS has received a fixed annual appropriation since the PTS Act was legalised. Since 2003, other government grants are regularly disbursed into annual operation based on the projects of digitalisation proposed by the public broadcaster.  

To avoid relying on the government as a source of income, PTS Taiwan supplements government donations by self-funding through commercial sponsorship by public or private organisations that do not interfere with the nature of its programming; personal donations through the ‘Friends of Public Television’ membership system and other activities including programme marketing and studio rentals. Three special grants also come from the Cable Radio & Television Development Fund, the Divestment of Shares in Terrestrial Television Act, and funding by the Development of National Languages Act. 

Total revenue (2019): NTD 2,224,864,868 (USD 74,211,636). 

Government grants included = NTD 900,000,000 (USD30,020,013) 

In 2020three PTS executives stepped down from their positions following a dispute about a new international programming platform that the Ministry of Culture originally proposed to be hosted by PTS. 

Thai Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

Radio | Television | Online


years since it
became an
established PSB


New online
channels for
Covid-19 updates

2 billion THB

received from
'Sin tax' funding
per year

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Alongside the Public Broadcasting Service Act 2008, Thai PBS has a policy committee, which has been selected through an independent and transparent process.

Thai PBS receives income from excise taxes, also known as ‘sin tax’, which is collected from liquor and tobacco sales. The tax is earmarked between 1.5 – 1.8 percent, and does not exceed THB 2 billion per year.

In its 14th year, Thai PBS has sharpened its focus on audience engagement, putting the ‘audience first’ and at the heart of its public broadcaster.

Thai PBS also contributes to society through social and cultural campaigns and initiatives. It recently launched a new educational resource called the ‘Learning Shelf’.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thai public broadcaster launched three new online channels dedicated to real-time updates, including a section for its citizen journalism initiative.

Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Radio | Television | Online

296 hrs

rolling bushfire
31 Dec 2019 -
13 Jan 2020


people used ABC
Education portal
in April 2020

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Australian Government

ABC independence is assured by the ABC Board under the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983. The Managing Director is the Editor-in-Chief who has ultimate editorial power and responsibility.

The organisation receives state subsidies allocated by the Federal Government while maintaining its editorial independence.

Government funding:

2019-2020: A$1,062.3 million – up 1.6% from prior year

2018-2019: A$1,045.9 million – – up 0.2% from prior year

2017-2018: A$1,043.7 million

Other funding sources, including ABC Commercial:

2019-2020: Other funding sources not yet published.

2018-2019: A$62.5 million – down 4% from prior year

2017-2018: A$65.1 million


72% of Australians agree that ABC News is the ‘most trusted source of news and current affairs’ in Australia’ (Australian Broadcasting Corporation Annual Report 2020).

A breakdown of reach across all platforms:


Broadcast television has a reach of 19.4 million Australians each week

(OzTAM and Regional TAM,


Total ABC Radio average weekly reach in the five-city metropolitan markets was 4.92 million aged 10+, up 128,000 listeners on the 2017-2018 result (up 2.7%)


ABC Online

The average monthly reach of ABC Online in Australia was 11.0 million or 45% of Australians.

(Nielsen DCR,

ABC News (2020)

TV and radio have a 41% weekly use and 29% for more than 3 days per week

Online has a weekly use of 23%, and 15% more than 3 days per week

ABC International

Each month, ABC International reaches a unique overseas audience of 10,967,000 through broadcast television, radio and ABC websites and apps.

ABC Australia: The international television service is available in 40+ markets across the Asia Pacific and the Indian Subcontinent. It has a monthly viewership of at least 2,183,000

ABC Radio Australia: There are 407,000 listeners of ABC Radio Australia each month in the Pacific.

In 2018-2019 there were 8.6 million online streams of ABC radio services by international audiences. This equates to 6% of global streams

(Webtrends, Google Analytics,

ABC Websites and apps:

Each month there are 8,981,000 users.


ABC has a dedicated emergency website

For more information about their extensive coverage, click here.

As part of its core remit to educate, ABC expanded its educational services during school closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic by producing additional curriculum-linked content for children of all ages. It also provided additional online support through the ABC Education portal, which saw 766,000 users in April 2020 – an increase of 239% compared with the same time last year.

Radio New Zealand (RNZ)

Radio | Online


of audience
trust RNZ



Daily traffic
growth during

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RNZ is mostly government funded with a small proportion of its income generated from third party revenue.
  • Government funding: $43,375,000 (2018: $38,959,000)
  • Other revenue: $2,263,000 (2018: $2,350,000)
    (Other revenue consists of rental revenue from property leases, co-siting revenue, interest income and other income)

RNZ National and Concert are funded by New Zealand On Air (an independent government funding agency) and RNZ Pacific is funded by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Source: RNZ Annual Report 2019


75% of New Zealanders consumed RNZ content in the last year

RNZ’s total weekly audience in June 2019 was estimated at 1,017,393 across all platforms

Combined weekly unique radio and online people who use any of our services: 1,017,393 (2017-2018: 845,945)


Among all radio listening in New Zealand, RNZ National has a market share of 12.6% for 2020 (2019: 11.7%)

  • RNZ National: Weekly cumulative audience in 2020 = 654,300 (2018-2019 = 626,900; 2017-2018 =606,300)
  • RNZ Concert: Weekly cumulative audience in 2020 = 242,600 (2018-2019 = 172,600)
  • RNZ National and RNZ Concert (combined): Weekly cumulative audience in 2020 = 760,300, or 16.3% of the NZ population (2018-2019 = 694,700, 2017-2018 =682,700)

Source: GfK Radio Audience Measurement, All Radio Stations,


By June 2019 more than 793,000 users were accessing weekly, 32% up year-on-year

Average monthly users of RNZ’s websites: 2,555,310 (2017-2018: 1,968,578)

Source: Google Analytics,


Number of Pacific Island radio stations incorporating RNZ services: 21 stations (2017-2018: 17 stations) Source: RNZ internal data,

Page-views of RNZ Pacific International website: 7,990,370 (2017-2018: 6,429,885) Source: Google Analytics,

Online Audiences for
  • In a typical month in 2019 almost 3 million users visited the RNZ website.  As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic traffic increased to 7.23million in March, up 114% from February
  • On an average week in 2019 847,000 users visited In the two weeks when the lockdown was announced traffic increased to 2.75m and 3.03m respectively
  • Daily traffic has grown to 394,000 users since New Zealand’s first case of Covid-19 was announced, up from 161,000 users on a typical day last year       (increase of 145%)

Source: Google Analytics,


During 2019 the RNZ app attracted 52,000 users each week, this has increased to 72,000 in 2020, and reached 101,000 during lockdown


Last year RNZ’s Facebook channel typically had 553,000 users each week, so far in 2020 RNZ’s Facebook audience has grown to 936k. In the past five weeks user numbers have ranged from 1.2 million and 2.4 million

  • Podcast and audio content downloads/streams
  • Downloads of podcasts and other audio from the RNZ website reached 1.8 million last month, up from 1.55m in February
  • Plays/downloads of RNZ content on other platforms also shows impressive growth in February (797,000), March (1,096,000) and April (1,144,000)
  • In 2019, users of streamed 61,000 pieces of audio content each week.  Since lockdown this has increased to more than 90,000almost 50% higher than last year

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Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR)

Radio | Television | Online


most trusted
news brand
in Denmark


ranked third
in RSF's World
Press Freedom
index (2020)


budget cut
approved in

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Publicly owned

All persons above the age of 18 who own a licensed device (radio, television sets, and internet access) are required by law to pay a licence fee.

2020 licence fee cost: DKK 676.50 semi-annually (DKK 112.75 monthly)
2019 licence fee cost: DKK 963.50 semi-annually (DKK 160.58 monthly)

Source: Executive Order on media license

In March 2018, the decision was made to gradually phase out the licence fee until 2022. From then, “public service” will instead be financed through a tax. In the same year, the Danish government and the Danish People’s Party (DF) approved a budget cut that would reduce DR’s overall expenditure by 20% across five years, which was expected to negatively impact its public service remit and the future of media plurality in Denmark.

DR is managed by an 11-member executive board appointed for a period of four years. The Minister of Culture appoints three of its members (including the chairman), Parliament appoints six, and DR employees appoint two. According to DR, “The Executive Board has the overall responsibility for the financial management of DR and for ensuring that the regulations of the Radio and Television Broadcasting Act are respected. The Executive Board also establishes the guidelines for DR’s activities and appoints the members of the Management Board.”

According to RISJ’s 2020 Digital News Report, DR News is the most trusted news brand in Denmark and has the most reach across television, radio, and online. In 2019, 93.1% used one or more of DR’s offers weekly.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DR focused on reassuring young people and began by increasing Ultra Nyt (Ultra News), “its daily new programme for nine to 14-year-olds, starting with a package explaining COVID-19 to its audience.” Ultra Nyt typically airs on DR TV (DR’s on-demand service) but moved to the main channel DR1 and at a primetime slot to cater to children and their parents by providing them with news on what was happening in Denmark and abroad. DR also “produced segments on how children could talk to parents about the pandemic and deal with fear during such turbulent times” (EBU 2020, Media Case Studies).

France Télévisions (FT)

Radio | Television | Online


audience share
in 2019


children engage
with at least one
youth programme


must cut
costs by 2022

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The French state is the sole stakeholder. 

“The board of directors of France Télévisions has internal regulations which govern the operation and powers of this body and set up three specialized committees as well as a commitments subcommittee.” 

FT receives the majority of its funding from the Public Audiovisual Contribution (CAP) – what was previously the audiovisual licence fee. This is used to support all French public broadcasters. All individuals that are eligible to pay housing tax and own a television set must pay the 139 euros per year tax. Additional income comes from advertising revenue.

FT’s budget for 2018 was €2.8 billion.

Proposals to amend the audio-visual law, which would create a public media “superstructure” to bring together Radio France, France Television France Médias Monde and The National Audiovisual Institute (INA) under one holding company, ‘France Médias’ were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)

Radio | Television | Online


remains most
trusted source
of news in ROI


RTÉ One has
an audience
reach of 80.3%


more 15-34s
are watching
RTÉ in 2020

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The Government of Ireland owns RTÉ.

RTÉ is dual funded. It is part-funded by the Licence Fee, which costs €160 a year. Any household with a television set must pay. Money goes to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, which then provides RTÉ with 85% of the amount. The remaining income comes from advertising and other commercial activities.

Breakdown of 2018 revenue:

Commercial Revenue: €150,000,000 (2017: €151,500,000)

Licence Fee Revenue: €189,100,000 (2017: €186,100,000)

Total Revenue: €339,100,000 (2017: €337,600,000)

RTÉ One has a reach of 80.3% and a share of 21 (October 2020). RTÉ is reaching over 2 million radio listeners (2,004,000) every week, representing 51% of the adult 15+ population. This is an increase of 26,000 people tuning in since the last JNLR release and 20,000 more on this time last year on year.

Meanwhile, 55% of Irish adults use a digital service from RTÉ every week. According to the B&A Survey published in November 2019, RTÉ.ie is the Number 1 multi-media website in Ireland, used by 38% of Irish adults and 13 million monthly unique browsers.

RTÉ also remains the most trusted source of news amongst Irish adults (77%).

According to TRP research released in May 2020, RTÉ was considered the most recognised brand for supporting the nation during the COVID-19 crisis.

3.9 million individuals or 90% of the Irish TV population tuned in to RTÉ’s television services over the 11-week period (2nd March to 17th May 2020). It was also a widely used source among younger viewers, with 35% more 15-34s are watching RTÉ, and 30% more children tuning in.

At 31 December 2018, there were 1,822 employees.

Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)

Radio | Television | Online


of audience
trust ZDF's
pandemic coverage


Funding from

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Ownership: Public 

ZDF is managed as an independent non-profit corporation under the authority of Germany’s sixteen states. Its 60-member governing body, the ZDF Television Council, represents the general public’s interests while its 14-member Administrative Council is responsible for budget control and corporate guidelines. 

€17.50 household fee funds 90% of ZDF’s program work ZDF’s monthly share of the household fee is 4.36. To supplement its income, ZDF relies on advertising and sponsorship 

2019 funding breakdown: 

€1,918 million income from broadcasting fees 

€173 million income from television advertising 

€139 million other income, including sponsorship  


ZDF audience share for Free TV in Germany: 13% (2019) 

In January 2021, ZDF achieved a market share of 15.1% – this is the highest value in January since 1995. 

86% of German public media TV news users rate the corona crisis coverage of ARD and ZDF as trustworthy – the highest attributed credibility of all media on offer.

3,600 permanent employees and a similar number of freelancers in Mainz and Berlin offices and across 16 domestic and 19 foreign studios. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, ZDF has provided special broadcasts for COVID-19 updates and educational and home-schooling content amid school closures. ZDF has also announced measures that the organisation would be taking to help fund producers contributing to its content by paying for half of the additional costs in light of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Most recently, a planned increase in the household fee was rejected despite the financial pressures facing public broadcasters. 

North America


Radio | Television | Online


use at least
one service
per month


of Canadians
agree on
role and need
for CBC/R-C

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The CBC is a Crown corporation – the Government of Canada.

The Broadcasting Act addresses the independence of the public broadcaster. Freedom of expression and journalistic, creative and programming independence are key to the public broadcaster in the pursuit of its objects and in the exercise of its powers... In a similar vein, while the Corporation is subject to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, these statutes also provide that it does not apply to any information that relates to its journalistic, creative or programming activities, other than information that relates to its general administration. As a result, a greater arm’s length relationship is maintained between the Government and CBC/Radio-Canada than with most Crown Corporations. The Broadcasting Act also provides that officers and employees employed by the Corporation are not officers or servants of Her Majesty” 


CBC/Radio-Canada has four sources of direct funding.

A breakdown of CBC/Radio-Canada’s 2019-2020 income:

  • Government funding: $1,209 million
  • Advertising revenue: $253.8 million
  • Subscriber fees: $123.5 million
  • Financing and other income: (includes income from activities such as rental of real estate assets, content sales, leasing of space at transmission sites, host broadcasting sports events and contributions from the Canada Media Fund.) $127.2 million

Total Revenue (total income less funding): $504 million

Radio Canada Revenue: $217 million,

CBC Revenue: $211 million


  • 83% of Canadians use at least one CBC/Radio-Canada service in a typical month (CBC/R-C)
  • Digital reach of CBC/Radio-Canada: 21.7 million, up 7.4% (CBC/R-C)

CBC News TV and Radio 

  • CBC News Canada English weekly reach of 29% and 19% more than 3 days per week 
  • CBC News Canada French weekly reach of 50% and 36% more than 3 days per week 

CBC News Online 

  • CBC News Canada English weekly users 25% and 18% reach more than 3 days per week 
  • CBC News Canada French weekly users 29% and 20% reach more than 3 days per week 


CBC/Radio-Canada is “proud to be Canadians’ most-trusted source of news and information, and has made verification and fact-checking a pillar of its coverage”. 

CBC News (Canada English) scored 71% for Brand Trust 

Radio-Canada (Canada French) scored 80% for Brand Trust


As of March 2020, CBC/R-C employed a total of 7,673 full-time equivalent employees, up 2.9%. (2018-2019: 7,459) 

48.7% women
2.1% Indigenous people
3.2% persons with disabilities
14.1% visible minorities  


National Public Radio (NPR)

Radio | Online


ranked highest
among major US
news brands for
credibility and honesty


unique visitors

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Owned by its member stations 

A 23-member Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of NPR through setting NPR’s policies, managing NPR’s performance and overseeing NPR’s budget and overall finances. The Board is comprised of the NPR President, the chairman of the NPR Foundation, 12 station managers of NPR’s members and nine members of the public, which are selected by station managers and the Board. 

NPR is mainly funded through fees and dues paid by Member stations and underwriting from corporate sponsors. Additional sources of revenue include individual contributions, grants and fees paid by users of the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS).

Breakdown of NPR’s 2018-19 funding:

Station dues, programming and digital fees: $89,020,136 (2018: $85,474,802 up 4%)

Corporate sponsorships: $111,271,829 (2018: $97,071,058 up 14.5%)

Public Radio Satellite System contract: $8,033,762 (2018: $5,798,637 up 38.5%)

Satellite interconnection and distribution: $8,609,794 (2018: $9,576,404 down 10%)

Commissions: $4,596,082 (2018: $6,009,382 down 23.5%)

Other: $9,304,092 (2018: $8,177,792 up 14%)

  • Revenue from gains and other support: $52,704,227 (2018: $46,718,374 up 13%)

Total revenue: $283,539,922 (2018: $258,826,449 up 9.5%)


Source: NPR Consolidated Financial Statements 2019

  • 60 million weekly audience across platforms.
  • 23 million weekly on-air listeners. 98.5% of the U.S. population lives within the listening area of a station carrying NPR programming.

Online and digital services

  • 18.3 million weekly website visitors
  • 2.6 million monthly app users
  • Weekly Visits to NPR Digital Properties 46.7 million (Google Analytics June 2020)
  • Weekly Unique Users of NPR Podcasts 14.4 million (Splunk, NPR Podcast Logs, June 2020)

A record number of people are have turned to NPR for news and other content during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 57 million people now consume the network’s offering each week, whether on radio or its various digital platforms. That’s a rise of nearly 10% from 2019, despite the severe drop in the broadcast audiences.

Podcast downloads and the usage of NPR’s listening apps are up nearly a quarter, and there is a 76% increase in users of as more people access the network’s content from home.


Number of Employees: 1,029 (as of April 2020)

News Division Staff: 440 (as of April 2020)


Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

Television | Radio | Online


agree that PBS
KIDS is the
most trusted & safe
source for children


most watched
television network
in primetime

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Owned by its member public television stations. 

The 27-member Board of Directors manages PBS’ affairs, while also governing and setting PBS’ policies. The Board is made up of 14 station managers, 12 general directors and the PBS President, and serve a term of up to three years. Along with committees, the Board meets four times a year, some of which is open to the public. 

PBS adheres to robust editorial guidelines that align with key principles of public media, including editorial independence, accuracy, accountability, and transparency.,member%20stations%2C%20distribution%20and%20underwriting  

A large proportion of PBS’ revenue is acquired from member assessments, grants and contributions and donated broadcast rights and distributions, and supplemented by investment returns and other additional streams.

Total income: $589,783,000 (2018: $674,166, down 12.52%)


Imputed Value of Donated Broadcast Rights: $148,914,000 (2018: $177,712,000, down 16.2%)

Member Assessments: $197,985,000 (2018: $197,552,000, up 0.22%)

Grants & Contributions: $55,477,000 (2018: $105,167,000, down 47.25%)

Distribution: $168,873,000 (2018: $174,789,000, down 3.38%)

Satellite Services: $113,000 (2018: $137,000, down 17.52%)

Investment Returns: net $9,985,000 (2018: $1,845,000, down 7.93%)

Other: $8,436,000 (2018: $7,964,000, up 5.93%)



Each month, PBS reaches over 126 million people through television and 26 million people online


PBS is watched by 86% of TV households (over 200 million people)

63.7 million PBS primetime viewers each month (Nielsen NPOWER Live+7, 2018-2019, Avg Monthly Schedule, All PBS Stations M-Su 8p-11p)

7th most-watched television network in primetime (Nielsen Npower Primetime)

Each month, over 109 million people watch their local PBS stations



Each month, Americans watch an average of 298 million videos across all of PBS’ web, mobile and connected device platforms.

Each month, more than 28 million viewers watch video on PBS’s site and apps

14 million unique monthly visitors (Google Analytics 2019)

PBS averages 309 million monthly video streams across all of PBS’s web, OTT, and mobile devices  (Source: Google Analytics Jan – Dec 2019)

PBS Digital Studios produces original content exclusively for digital platforms. PBS Digital Studios averages more than 48 million views per month on YouTub

PBS KIDS mobile apps have been downloaded 71.4 million times  (Source: AppFigures Mar 2011-Sep 2019)

PBS KIDS averages 11.1 million monthly users and 286 million monthly streams across digital platforms.

(Source: Google Analytics Oct ’18 – Sep ’19



1,266 (As of January 2020)

PBS Representation:

As of 7/31/2020, PBS staff is comprised of:

  • Women: 55%
  • BIPOC*: 40%

In Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020), our New Hires were comprised of:

  • Women: 58%
  • BIPOC: 48%
*Black, Indigenous, People of Color

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, PBS launched a national and digital-first storytelling project, An American Portrait, which depicts the stories of American citizens to reflect the reality of American society, through triumph and tragedy.

PBS recorded an increase in viewing figures in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. It recorded a 19% growth on broadcast households compared to the 6 weeks prior to the shut-down (Nielsen Npower Primetime ALL PBS Stations 3/16-4/5/20 vs. 3/18-4/7/19 Households) and a 39% increase in weekly streaming (Google Analytics PBS owned platforms 3/16-4/5/20 vs. 3/18-4/7/19).

In the first eight weeks of the COVID-related shutdown, PBS TV stations reached over 72 million adults in primetime, and more than 24 million monthly users engaged with PBS general audience content via owned digital platforms.

Header Image: Close-up image of microphone in podcast studio. Source: nortonrsx/iStock