|Named after||Great Blue Hill, the original location of its transmitters.|
|Motto||Produced in Boston, shared with the world|
|Formation||April 5, 1951|
|Founded at||Boston, Massachusetts|
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|Expenses (2016)||$176 M|
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 WGBY-TV in Springfield. It also operates a group of NPR member stations in the state.
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.
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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 team 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.
In August 2020, it was announced that WGBH would rebrand on all platforms as "GBH", and also adopted purple as a new corporate color. The foundation cited 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.WCAI radio also similarly rebranded as "CAI" on September 2.
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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:
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.