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|Slogan: "The Public Network"|
|Analog: 9 (VHF)|
Digital: 41 (HDTV UHF)
|Owner||KCTS Television Board of Directors|
|Callsign Meaning||K Community Television Service|
|Former Affiliations||NET (1954–1970)|
KCTS is a public television station in Seattle, Washington, affiliated with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), that broadcasts on analog channel 9, HDTV broadcasts are on channel 41. Its offices and broadcasting center are located at the northeast corner of Seattle Center.
During the 1950s and 1960s, KCTS primarily supplied classroom instructional programs used in Washington State's K-12 schools, plus National Educational Television programs. Outside of schoolrooms, KCTS' audience among the general public was somewhat limited, and most programming was in black-and-white.
In 1970, National Educational Television was absorbed into the newly-created Public Broadcasting Service. Under PBS affiliation, KCTS began offering a vastly enhanced scope of programming for the general public, including British programming.
KCTS is one of only two Public Broadcasting Service stations licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for retransmission in Canada. KCTS is seen throughout Canada on the Bell ExpressVu and StarChoice satellite providers, as well as on many Canadian cable TV systems. KCTS receives substantial financial support from its far-flung Canadian audience as well as from viewers in Washington State.
KCTS also operates KYVE Yakima, Washington which serves central Washington. Many KCTS programs include a combined KCTS/KYVE visual bug in the lower-right corner of the screen, indicating a simulcast.
KCTS also operates a cable television service known as KCTS Plus, currently carried on Seattle area cable systems. KCTS Plus runs a mix of locally-produced content, Public Broadcasting Service series, and Classic Arts Showcase programming.
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