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About PBS SoCal
Your Flagship PBS Station

PBS SoCal is the flagship PBS station for greater Los Angeles and Southern California, and the third most-watched PBS station in the nation, bringing quality PBS content and experiences that inform, inspire and entertain to 18 million people across six diverse counties. We have offices in Century City, Costa Mesa and downtown Los Angeles.

Our Vision

A Southern California community inspired to learn more, do more, and be more.

Our Mission

Foster a love of learning, culture, and community using the power of public media.

How We Do It

We deliver our mission though content & experiences that inform, inspire, and entertain. These include distinctive PBS programming, person-to-person experiences in the classroom and the community, diverse local cultural partnerships, and content that is for, about and by Southern Californians. PBS SoCal is available on-air, online & in the community.

Distinctive PBS Programs

PBS SoCal delivers the full schedule of high-quality PBS programs – including great Sunday night dramas like MASTERPIECE’S Poldark and Sherlock; thought-provoking documentaries from FRONTLINE, Ken Burns America and Independent Lens; interesting science and nature programs from NATURE and NOVA; inspiring arts and culture programs from Great Performances and American Masters; and trusted educational children’s programs from PBS KIDS.Plus, we tap the wealth of creative talent available in the region to create content that is for, about and by Southern Californians. The PBS hallmark is telling great stories well and with strong editorial integrity, providing quality, perspective and insight that are different from anything else available.

Available Anytime, Anywhere

PBS SoCal content is available for free through three broadcast channels – PBS SoCal (KOCE-HD), PBS SoCal Plus and PBS SoCal World. It is also available anytime, anywhere at pbssocal.org, on our iOS and Android mobile apps, and via connected TV services including Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Netflix and Roku.Plus, we bring our content to life via experiences we create in the community in partnership with local arts, culture and educational organizations.

Our History

In 2011, our small station that was KOCE stepped into its new role as the flagship PBS station for Southern California, ensuring all PBS programs remained available to our community following the previous primary station’s departure from PBS.At that time, we re-branded to PBS SoCal to reflect our important role serving the diverse Southern California community.

This was a huge undertaking, yet we rolled up our sleeves and started work.That work has paid off - today we are the top-rated public television station in the greater Los Angeles area. Our membership is robust, representative of the region’s demographics and growing.And we have the support of myriad business and community leaders, philanthropists and elected officials across the region.

KOCE has a long and rich history of service to Southern California. Founded in 1972, KOCE was a pioneering PBS education station for more than 40 years. The station delivered the best of PBS programming and – then focused on Orange County – provided award-winning coverage of local issues and events.