Eight specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture - utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1.3 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.
More than 250,000 children ages 2 to 11 tune in to our kids' programming each week, our educational services reach beyond the television set. Through workshops and book distribution, Eight's "Ready to Learn" service has helped more than 13,000 children begin school ready to learn. This year, KAET, in partnership with ASSET (Arizona School Services through Educational Technology), provided educational resources to one million Arizona students and 60,000 Arizona teachers. Our GED programs help adults get their high school diplomas, and many students earn college credits through Arizona State University telecourses.
In addition to airing programs distributed nationally by PBS, Eight produces its own award-winning programs. Especially noteworthy are HORIZON, an acclaimed nightly public affairs program, and the Arizona Collection, a continuing series of programs celebrating the people, places and history of Arizona. Eight's latest weekly series, HORIZONTE, offers a look at Arizona issues through a Hispanic lens.
Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.
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