Public broadcasting forms the basis of this organization. WGBH Educational Foundation owns and operates the WGBH public TV and radio stations that serve the Boston area. Its television operations include several digital channels (WGBH Create, WGBH World) as well as an on-demand service. WGBH is also one of the largest producers of programming for the Public Broadcasting Service, including such shows as Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Curious George, Frontline, Masterpiece, and Nova. The foundation gets funding from corporate grants and individual contributions, as well as from PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
WGBH is a local public broadcaster serving southern New England.
WGBH has 11 public television services, three public radio services, and local productions (from Greater Boston to Classical Music with Laura Carlo).
In fiscal year 2011 the company balanced its operating budget for the 32nd consecutive year. The foundation's sources of revenues include grants and contracts, individual contributions, community service grants, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting income. It also gets royalties, video income, in-kind contributions, and donated services distribution fees. In fiscal year 2011, total grants received were about $86.71 million, of which Public Broadcasting Service contributed about $41 million. The foundation's budgeted operating expenses include program development and production (TV, radio, Web, new media, instructional, and access technologies) as well as for broadcast-related expenses (public TV and radio program services), educational services and program information related expenses, and support services and reserves.
WGBH first hit the airwaves in 1951.