2020 So Far….
The first half of 2020 has certainly been a surprise! We changed our “doing business as” name from AETN to Arkansas PBS to better express our focus on Arkansas and the outstanding programs provided through PBS.
Then COVID-19 hit, and we all have had to navigate the changing requirements this has required in order to keep people safe while continuing as much business as possible. Arkansas PBS has kept programming coming to all viewers who have found themselves spending much more time at home, plus Arkansas PBS Passport has filled a gap for those looking for quality program viewing on their own timeframe.
Plus, Arkansas PBS was able to respond quickly to assisting schools when they had to close, by partnering with Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop and broadcast streamlined, curriculum-based programming specifically for Pre-K through 8th grade. Educators and parents had access to lesson plans and curriculum materials.
Arkansas PBS is prepared to continue assisting schools and educators as decisions are being made for the opening of schools (in-class and/or online) this fall.
We are excited to announce that we have received funding from the CARES Act that will allow us to erect 4 additional transmitters in Arkansas to increase the reach of our broadcast signal to areas of Arkansas that have little to no broadband access.
And excellent programs are coming to Arkansas PBS this fall: Islands of Wonder (Madagascar, Borneo, Hawaii), Last Tango in Halifax, Art in the 21st Century, Masterpiece: Flesh and Blood, a new comedy drama The Trouble with Maggie Cole, Finding Your Roots, and so much more!