FAQ

Who is PBS SoCal?

We are the home to PBS for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, dedicated to fostering a love of learning, culture and community using the power of public media. We deliver the full schedule of high-quality PBS programs, plus content that is for, about and by the people of Southern California. We make our content available for free through three broadcast channels – PBS SoCal/KOCE-HD, PBS SoCal Plus and PBS SoCal World. And we reach deep into the community through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach, providing early education resources and access to a broad array of arts and culture experiences.

How is PBS SoCal different from PBS?

PBS SoCal is the member station for Southern California, and the vital link that provides PBS services to this community. We are an independently funded and run 501(c)(3) nonprofit, registered under the name KOCE-TV Foundation, and part of a network of public TV stations that make up the PBS system.

PBS is a private, nonprofit corporation made up of 350 member stations serving all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. All the stations work together to fulfill our mission – to provide trusted programming that is uniquely different from commercial broadcasting.

What is the difference between PBS SoCal and KCET?

The call letters for PBS SoCal are KOCE. KCET is a separate organization that is not part of the PBS system or related to PBS SoCal. KCET withdrew its membership from the PBS system in 2011. A donation to KCET will not transfer to PBS SoCal or help fund PBS programs.

Where can I find PBS SoCal on TV?

If you’re watching over the air, you’ll find us on channels 50.1, 50.2 and 50.4. We are also available through most cable or satellite providers, though the channel number may vary. View our Schedule and Channel Guide for more information.

Where is PBS SoCal located?

We have office locations in Costa Mesa, downtown Los Angeles and Century City. Our Technical Ops Center is located in Los Angeles and our transmission facilities are located on Mt. Wilson. For information about mailing addresses, see our Contact page.

How is PBS SoCal funded?

Over half of PBS SoCal’s annual operating budget comes from the generous support of our members. Over 80,000 individuals and families from throughout Southern California support PBS SoCal each year. In addition to member support, PBS SoCal receives funding from a variety of public and private organizations as well as through grants from foundations and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

How can I donate to PBS SoCal?

You can donate online, donate by phone at (800) 278-5050, or mail in a donation to the address on our Contact page.

How can I find my member number and when does my membership expire?

Your member number can be found at the bottom of the acknowledgment letter you received when you made a donation. Please contact Member Services at member@pbssocal.org or (714) 241-4100 ext. 4 for specific questions about your membership.

When will my thank you gift arrive?

As a non-profit organization, we operate under financial constraints different from those of a retail business. To ensure that the maximum amount of your contribution goes to support PBS SoCal, we do not maintain a surplus of thank you gift inventory. Once your donation payment has been received, we place orders to fulfill your thank-you gift requests. This process generally takes 4 to 6 weeks from the date of payment, though many items arrive sooner. Concert or event tickets will be mailed to you approximately two weeks before the date of the event.

Does PBS SoCal share my contact information with other organizations?

PBS SoCal may occasionally exchange lists with other organizations to support our fundraising efforts. If you would like to change the way your information is shared, please give our Member Services department a call at (714) 241-4100 ext. 4.

How do I submit a program or produce content for PBS SoCal?

Visit our PBS SoCal Productions page for more information on producing with PBS SoCal.

What is PBS SoCal's tax ID or FIN number?

PBS SoCal’s tax ID number is 95-3220724.

Who can I contact with additional questions or concerns?

Contact Member Services at member@pbssocal.org or (714) 241-4100 ext. 4.