Arkansas PBS

AETN will become Arkansas PBS on Feb. 28, 2020, with a renewed commitment to put Arkansas and Arkansas stories first. As you increasingly look to new platforms for your information and entertainment, our new name will better serve you and better represent who we are and how we deliver content to you in the digital age.

Read our full news release.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all four channels changing?

Yes.

  • AETN will be AR PBS (AR PBS-1)
  • AETN Create will be AR PBS Create (AR PBS-2)
  • AETN PBS KIDS will be AR PBS KIDS (AR PBS-3)
  • AETN WORLD will be AR PBS WORLD (AR PBS-4)

What does this mean for the programs I watch?

We are committed to being Arkansas’s statewide public media network, and to bringing you the best in local arts, music, sports, entertainment and public affairs programming. We will continue to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Arkansans. While our new name and brand will connect us more closely with PBS, the most trusted brand in America, you may rest confidently in the knowledge that our mission, our vision and our service to Arkansans will remain steadfast.

Will the schedules change?

Our name change will not impact our schedules directly or indirectly. However, we will continue to adjust our programming to add new programs, remove poorly performing programs and respond to ever-changing tastes and trends, as we always have. We are here to educate, inform, enrich and inspire you. We will continue to build our schedule with that goal in mind.

Why fix what isn’t broken?

We do not make this change casually. While AETN is a trusted source of information and entertainment in Arkansas, AETN is better known around the world as Arts & Entertainment Television Networks, a global, commercial industry. Search engine results for AETN can deliver content that is not ours, not educational and not consistent with our mission or promise. Likewise, there is continued confusion on social media. We want you to find our programming easily and confidently, wherever and whenever you want to watch. This name change will help us accomplish that goal.

Why now?

We believe this change was inevitable in the long run, so to avoid further brand confusion we are making the change now. Viewers today watch us on television, on demand with the PBS Video app and on a growing number of devices, and also enjoy our content on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and myarkansaspbs.org. Our future relies on our ability to be where you are watching and to be easily recognized.

What is PBS?

PBS stands for Public Broadcasting Service and is our national network, serving more than 330 member stations with quality educational television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 million people online. PBS’s broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions.

Is your phone or mailing address changing?

No. Our contact information will continue to be:

For donations:
Arkansas PBS Foundation
PO Box 100
Conway, AR 72034
800-662-2386

For program information or events:
Arkansas PBS
350 S Donaghey Ave
Conway, AR 72034
800-662-2386

Does this change where my support goes?

No, your financial support will continue to fund the work of Arkansas PBS in Arkansas.

Will my membership stay current and renewal date stay the same?

Yes.

When donating to Arkansas PBS, who do I make the check out to?

After Feb. 28, 2020, new gifts/checks should be made to Arkansas PBS Foundation.

I am a sustaining member. Does my EFT or credit card require a change?

No, your sustaining membership does not require you to do anything extra to continue your ongoing gift.

Do I need to update my will, trust or beneficiary designation with the new name?

No. If you have already listed our organization as a beneficiary in your plans you do not need to update your documents with the new name. We will continue to receive gifts under the former name.

If I’m creating or updating my will, trust or beneficiary designations, should I use the new name?

Yes. Please use Arkansas PBS Foundation.

Who can I call with questions about charitable gifts related to my will, trust, beneficiary designations or other gift planning tools?

Please contact Karen Cooper at 800-662-2386 or kcooper@aetn.org.

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