KBTC Public Television

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KBTC Public Television
Central/Mohler Campus
2320 S. 19th Street
Tacoma, 98405
Member hotline1.888.596.KBTCFor questions about Full Focus or Northwest Now, please contact:kbtcproductions@kbtc.orgFor questions about programming: programming@kbtc.orgFor questions about membership: membership@kbtc.org

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KBTC Public Television is a PBS-affiliated station, operated as a service of Bates Technical College. Housed at Central/Mohler Campus, KBTC serves more than 3 million viewers from Southwestern Washington to Southern British Columbia. Bates has owned and operated KBTC since 1992. In 1980, KBTC launched its satellite station KCKA in Centralia serving the Southern region of the state. KBTC was originally licensed in 1961 to Tacoma Public Schools, broadcasting under the call letters KTPS-TV.

KBTC is committed to telling local stories that aren't being told anywhere else. In addition to airing many PBS favorites, the station airs local programming, including the Emmy Award-winning documentary series Full Focus and weekly public affairs program Northwest Now.

Our mission

KBTC public television enriches lives through programs and services that entertain, educate, inspire and are locally relevant. Our programs reflect the diverse values and perspectives of Western Washington communities.

Our vision

KBTC public television is an active member of the community - spreading awareness, celebrating diversity and illuminating the paths of social discourse and growth. We engage, entertain and inform our viewers as citizens, not as consumers.

Our values

We are dedicated to lifelong learning. From the innocence of youth to the wisdom of age, our programs and community partnerships invite each person to explore the diversity of the arts, sciences, literature and humanities. We seek for clarity of all points of view, maintaining traditional journalistic integrity and thoughtful debate.