About Detroit Public TV

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Who is DPTV?

Detroit Public TV – WTVS is the viewer-supported PBS member station serving Southeast Michigan. Our vision is for a community in which people trust public TV to help them discover new ideas, make informed decisions, and enjoy enriched lives.

Our headquarters is located in Wixom, MI.  In addition to our TV station, we also operate a radio station, 90.9 WRCJ licensed to Detroit Classical and Jazz Educational Radio, LLC., and managed by Detroit Public TV and the Detroit Educational Television Foundation Board of Trustees.

DPTV has earned the 2021 GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency for non-profits.

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The History of Detroit Public TV

Detroit Public TV (DPTV) began broadcasting in 1955 as WTVS Channel 56, a non-commercial, educational TV station licensed to the Detroit Educational Television Foundation. As a community licensee, DPTV now operates five digital broadcast television channels. The digital service was launched in October 2000. The former analog Channel 56 service ended in 2009 when all broadcast television completed the changeover to digital.

Detroit Public TV is governed by a Board of Trustees. The board is composed of representatives from the local, business, civic, and cultural communities. A separate Community Advisory Panel reviews the station’s content (programming, productions) and connects the station to people and organizations in Southeast Michigan. Rich Homberg is the Station’s President and CEO.

DPTV is the only public television station in the Detroit market and Michigan’s most-watched public station, regularly viewed by some nearly 2 million people in Southeast Michigan and throughout Canada.

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Main Channel

The primary schedule of Detroit Public TV, with the full variety of our programs.

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Detroit PBS KIDS

Quality, educational children’s programming with your favorite Detroit PBS KIDS characters.

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Popular how-to shows from cooking to crafting, to home improvement to travel shows.

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The WORLD Channel

Signature documentary, science and news programming and original content.

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Michigan Learning Channel

A statewide partnership providing educational content to support students, families and teachers.

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