|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|
Public Radio International
American Public Media
American Public Television
National Educational Telecommunications Association
|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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Board of Trustees
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:
- Amy Abrams, wife of Abrams Capital founder David C. Abrams
- Terrie F. Bloom, wife of Berkshire Partners managing director Bradley Bloom
- Laura A. DeBonis, former Google Books manager and wife of hedge fund executive and State Department official Scott Nathan
- Juan Enriquez, managing director of Excel Venture Management and husband of Cabot family heir Marjorie Cabot Lewis
- Ann L. Gund, wife of architect Graham Gund
- Susan B. Kaplan, daughter of Stanley H Kaplan and president of the Kaplin Family Foundation
- Marjie B. Kargman, wife of Commonwealth Capital Ventures founder Robert Kargman
- Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, sociologist
- William A. Lowell, partner of the Choate, Hall & Stewart law firm
- Richard K. Lubin, managing director of Berkshire Partners
- Oscar F. Malcolm, president of Darien Capital Management
- Christopher J. McKown, husband of Fidelity Investments executive Abigail Johnson
- Cathy E. Minehan, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- Paul R. Murphy, former partner at the Foley Hoag law firm and former counsel for Amherst College
- Melinda Alliker Rabb, Brown University professor and wife of Stop & Shop heir James Rabb
- Henri A. Termeer, retired chairman, president, and CEO of Genzyme Corporation
- David T. Ting, president of Mugar Enterprises, the investment firm of Star Market heir David Mugar
- Hans Ziegler, retired senior managing director of Bernstein Global Wealth Management
- First 8 Studios, learning mobile app design group for kids ages 8 and younger
- Forum Network, a Lowell Institute funded online lecture
- PBS Distribution, a joint venture with PBS to distribute PBS and WGBH programs to various markets, home video, foreign, and commercial
- PBS LearningMedia, a joint venture with PBS to distribute teacher material related to PBS programs
- WGBH Education
- WGBH-TV: the foundation's flagship station
- WGBX-TV: its secondary Boston station
- WGBY-TV: Springfield, Massachusetts station; Operated by New England Public Media under a program service operating agreement.
- Create (TV network), a joint venture network with American Public Television (APT), WGBH, WNET, and National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).
- World Channel, a joint venture network with WNET, NETA, and APT.
Public Media Management
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.
- "Ownership Report For Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Station". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 1, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- "WGBH Educational Foundation on the Forbes The 100 Largest U.S. Charities List". Forbes. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
- Ryan, Suzanne C. (October 31, 2003). "City revives kids' PBS channel". Boston Globe. The New York Times Company. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
- "Knight Foundation backs launch planning for PBS's Public Square". Current. December 19, 2005. Archived from the original on April 26, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
- Egner, Jeremy (April 3, 2006). "World and Go! streams flow into PBS plans". Current. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
- Everhart, Karen (July 26, 2012). "WGBH, the top producer of PBS programs, now owns Public Radio International". Current. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
- Yu, Roger (September 24, 2015). "Boston-based WGBH buys world news site GlobalPost". USA TODAY. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
- Wyllie, Julian (August 31, 2020). "To change with the times, WGBH drops its 'W' and pivots to purple". Current. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
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.
- "A New Name and a New Look". WCAI. September 2, 2020. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
- IRS 2014 Form 990 Income Tax Statement
- IRS 2013 Form 990 Income Tax Statement
- 2012 IRS Form 990 Income Tax Statement
- 2011 IRS Form 990 Income Tax Statement
- 2010 IRS Form 990 Income Tax Statement
- WGBH Spring 2009
- June-Friesen, Katy (March 2, 2009). "Packaged channels for multicasting, 2009". Current.org. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
- Halonen, Doug (April 16, 2015). "Sony, WGBH roll out cloud-based alternative to master-control systems". Current. American University School of Communication. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
- Soltz, Ned (May 7, 2015). "WGBH and Sony Partner on Cloud Workflow". TV Technology. NewBay Media. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
- Zurawik, David (July 28, 2015). "More downsizing at MPT as master control function shifts to Boston". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
- "Ralph Lowell Award". USA: Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 2017-01-05.