|Named after||Great Blue Hill, the original location of its transmitters.|
|Formation||April 5, 1951|
|Founded at||Boston, Massachusetts|
Public Radio International
American Public Media
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|Expenses (2016)||$176 million|
The WGBH Educational Foundation, also known since August 2020 as simply GBH, is a Boston-based public broadcasting group. Established in 1951, it operates all of the PBS member stations in Massachusetts, including its flagship WGBH-TV, sister station WGBX-TV, and a group of NPR member stations in the state. It also owns WGBY-TV in Springfield while New England Public Media operates WGBY-TV under a program service agreement.
Nationally, WGBH is known as the distributor of a number of major PBS programs, including American Experience, Arthur, Frontline, Masterpiece, and Nova among others, the owner of Public Radio International--a syndicate of public radio programming--and for its role in the development of closed captioning and audio description technologies for broadcast television.
This section appears to be slanted towards recent events. (August 2018)
In 2003, WGBH and the City of Boston formed a joint venture for Boston Kids & Family TV channel that replaces one of the city's cable access channels. Boston Kids was launched on October 31, 2003.
By December 2005, Boston's WGBH and New York City's WNET were already broadcasting a local version of World on a subchannel. and added by April 2006, Washington's WETA. Then, WGBH and WNET teamed up with PBS, APT and NETA to roll out a national version of the local channels as PBS World. The network was launched nationally on August 15, 2007.
On August 27, 2020, it was announced that WGBH would shorten its name to "GBH" as part of a larger corporate reimaging (which saw the adoption of purple as a new corporate color, and a font originally commissioned for Red Hat as its new corporate typeface) The foundation stated that due to its present-day multi-platform operations, the full WGBH call sign was too synonymous with broadcast media; "WGBH" will still be used as part of the organization's formal name. All other WGBH-owned and operated stations similarly dropped the W from their respective brandings, such as WCRB rebranding as just "CRB".
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Richard M. Burnes Jr. of Charles River Ventures is the chair of the board as of 2014, replacing Amos Hostetter Jr., who left the board. Henry P. Becton Jr., former WGBH President, and Maureen L. Ruettgers, the wife of former EMC Corporation CEO Michael Ruettgers, are vice chairs. Jonathan C. Abbott, as WGBH president, is also on the board. William N. Thorndike Jr., managing partner of the Housatonic Partners private equity firm, is on the board of trustees as the chair of the WGBH board of overseers.
The presidents of four regional universities are institutional trustees: Joseph E. Aoun of Northeastern University, Jackie Jenkins-Scott of Wheelock College, Frederick M. Lawrence of Brandeis University, and L. Rafael Reif of MIT.
The remaining board members are:
This section's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. The reason given is: PMM is no longer directly owned by GBH.. (June 2021)
Public Media Management was tested for a year. The services were available starting April 1, 2015, just before the two Las Vegas shows, PBS's April 8-10 TechCon and NAB Show April 11-16, to be able to showcase the service during the shows. WGBH's two Boston stations went live with PMM first followed by its Springfield, Massachusetts station WGBY in early May 2015. New Hampshire Public Television launched the system next. In August 2015, Maryland Public Television switched to using their system.
WGBH in Boston is removing the 'W' from its branding to become 'GBH.' [...] The legal name for the organization will remain the WGBH Education Foundation. The 'W' will also remain in its FCC registration.