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'Public Broadcasting Service' redirects here.

Not to be confused with the channel's parent company, Public Broadcasting Service Inc..


PBS 1970 PBS 1971 PBS old logo PBS logo 1998 PBS logo PBS logo 3D
1970–1971 1971–1984 1984–1998 1998–2002 2002–2009 2009–present


PBS 1970-0

In October 5, 1970, National Educational Television was replaced by the Public Broadcasting Service. The logo has three words. Public was red, Broadcasting was yellow, and Service was blue. This logo was used as a placeholder logo, but short-lived.


PBS 1971

This logo was designed by Herb Lubalin, who also designed the accompanying typeface, ITC Avant Garde Gothic. The "P" resembles a human head, which is named P-Head, while the "B" and "S" are more overtly geometric. The nickname for this is the "Tri-Colored Everyman P-Heads". The logo was still used on new episodes of PBS shows until 1985. The colors were changed as well. Now, "P" is blue, "B" is orange, and "S" is green. PBS Digital Studios brought back this logo (sans the company name underneath) in 2014 with the introduction of its new logo which includes the Tri-Colored letters.


The prototypes were used in Herb Lubalin talking about how he made the logo but not on television.


PBS 1984


PBS old logo

Chermayeff & Geismar designed a modified version of the "P-Head" from the previous logo and placed in a forward-facing position and added two additional facial outlines on the edge of the logo, one in negative space and one in positive space. The font used for the "PBS" identification was designed specifically for the network. The logo is used with PBS Home Video. The logo aired in September 30, 1984; the channel was shortened to PBS.

1997 (Unused)

PBS Logo 1997 (Unused)


PBS logo 1998

A minor amendment saw the logo placed in a circle. The first ident package used people putting up the symbol over their faces and with people in the background doing moves while being in the air.


PBS Logo

In 2002, the logo redesigned the P-Head circle bigger than the text. This wordmark uses the font Caecilia 75 Heavy instead of Lubalin Graph Demi. This logo is still used as a 2D version of the logo.


PBS logo 3D

In 2009, the logo changed from 2D to 3D.

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