APT's public television hosts and lifestyle programs – including Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless, Martin Yan, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, Growing a Greener World, Pati’s Mexican Table, and America’s Test Kitchen – are among the winners of the 2015 TASTE AWARDS. The 7th annual TASTE AWARDS will be presented in San Francisco on February 11, 2016. Read More »
This February, Create launches its first ever Cooking Challenge -- the contest where home and professional chefs can vie for a spot on CreateTV.com! The contest runs from February 8-29, 2016. Read More »
The Wall Street Journal named the Australian drama A Place To Call Home as one of the best television shows of 2015. Seasons 1 & 2 are available now on public television, so check your local listings to watch this "impossibly addictive series." Read More »
Public television in the United States is extraordinarily diverse. It is made up of local stations, national providers of programming (like APT) and organizations devoted to technical support, management assistance and research.
The public television community consists of 350+ individually owned and operated stations, with some markets containing one or more public television stations. Local and regional interests and other factors play a key role in program purchasing and scheduling strategies for individual stations.
Many mistakenly refer to the entire public television system as “PBS.” However, The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is not a network (like NBC or FOX), but rather a member-based association of public television stations organized to buy and distribute programs. APT is the second-largest distributor of public television programming, next to PBS. Other distributors include NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association) and ITVS (Independent Television Service).
Each month, PBS publishes a recommended primetime schedule for several weeknights, and most stations adhere to it. However, stations still need additional programming to air during the rest of the week, including primetime hours, evenings, early and late fringe and fundraising drives. For this additional programming, these stations most often turn to American Public Television (APT).
APT’s diverse catalog — representing nearly 4,000 hours of non-commercial programming — helps stations customize and differentiate their broadcast schedules to meet local interests and market demands.