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KQED is a public broadcasting company based in San Francisco. It serves the entire northern California area via over-the-air broadcast, cable and satellite. It is affiliated with PBS and NPR.



KQED-TV is a NTSC television signal on VHF channel 9. This channel is also carried on Comcast cable TV and via satellite TV from DirecTV and DISH Network. Its transmitter is on Sutro Tower in San Francisco.

Digital Television

KQED-DT is an ATSC digital television signal broadcast over channel 30 from Sutro Tower. There are five sub-channels available:


  • KQED HD on DT9.1 / 30.1


  • KQED Encore on DT9.2 / 30.2
  • KQED World on DT9.3 / 30.3
  • KQED Life on DT9.4 / 30.4
  • KQED Kids on DT9.5 / 30.5

KQED-DT is available over the air with a digital tuner, or on Comcast's digital cable service.


KQED-FM is a FM radio signal broadcast from several locations in northern California. It carries content from NPR, Minnesota Public Radio, Public Radio International and BBC World Service in addition to local content. KQED radio produces shows such as Forum [1] (http://www.kqed.org/programs/program-landing.jsp?progID=RD19) (hosted by Michael Krasny), The California Report [2] (http://www.californiareport.org/) and Pacific Time[3] (http://www.kqed.org/programs/program-landing.jsp?progID=RD37).

In addition, KQED-FM is webcast with live streaming audio available. Audio archives are available on the web site as well.

Forum, hosted by Michael Krasny, is also carried on Sirius Satellite Radio with nationwide coverage.


The KQED organization was one of the first "public broadcasting" stations; its call letters come from the phrase "quod erat demonstrandum", or "Q.E.D."

During the early 1990s, when the State of California reinstituted the death penalty, the KQED organization waged a highly controversial legal battle for the right to televise the forthcoming execution of Robert Alton Harris at San Quentin State Prison.

The decision to pursue the videotaping of executions was controversial amongst those on both sides of the capital punishment debate; contemporary reports noted that a number of KQED's members (primarily families throughout the Bay Area) dropped their financial support for the station, intending for their charitable contributions to KQED to support programs such as Sesame Street rather than legal fees.

KQED Television, for a time, had a sister station, "KQEC-TV", which broadcasted on Channel 32. Various PBS and locally-produced programs from KQED would air at different times of the day on KQEC. The license for "KQEC" passed to the Minority Television Project around 1991, which re-branded the station as KMTP.


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