Producing for Detroit PBS

Standard Broadcast Video content lengths

Digital video length varies


30 - minute program


60 - minute program


90 - minute program


120 - minute program

Broadcast Video format:

ProRes 422
Quicktime (.MOV) 1920×1980, 29.97 fps.

Technical & Production Guidelines

All programs presented to Detroit PBS must meet the requirements set forth in the Detroit PBS Program Technical & Packaging Specifications. Detroit PBS guidelines are aligned with the PBS Technical and Production Standards.
PBS Technical Manual: PBS’s Technical Operating Specifications (TOS) Manual
PBS Production Guidelines: PBS Producer’s Handbook

Requiring Approval

  • Content underwriting
  • Video Production credits
  • Video on-air offers and websites


The FCC requires all broadcast programs must include embedded closed-captioning. For more information, please visit FCC Closed-Captioning Guidelines.

Program Funding

Outside funding of projects is allowed. Any entities or individuals who voluntarily contribute money to finance your production, in part or in whole, be it an individual, corporation, small business or philanthropic organization must be disclosed and appropriately acknowledged on your content. Program funders are barred from exercising any editorial control over program content and are barred from advertising or endorsing any business, industry, product or service.

Detroit PBS maintains the highest journalistic standards of content oversight. Please note, all program underwriting and underwriting messages MUST be approved by Detroit PBS and must adhere to PBS’ National Guidelines for Underwriting.

PBS Funding: Standards and Practices

Have Questions?

Contact our team or browse our FAQs Hub to find answers!