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KNME-TV, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 35), branded on-air as NM PBS, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. Jointly owned by the University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools, it is a sister station to Santa Fe-licensed KNMD-TV (channel 9). The two stations share studios on UNM's North Campus on University Boulevard Northeast in Albuquerque; KNME-TV's transmitter is located atop Sandia Crest.


In 1957, the University of New Mexico Board of Regents and Albuquerque Public Schools reached a deal to jointly file for the channel 5 educational allocation in Albuquerque. The application was filed with the Federal Communications Commission on July 19 and granted on October 23. Plans were drawn up to use the new station to beam junior college classes to outlying areas, while a studio was set up in a converted sorority house on the UNM campus.

Edith Buchanan's English class was the first program broadcast over KNME-TV on May 1, 1958. By 1960, the station had expanded from college courses to provide programs for Albuquerque public school students in science and Spanish. That same year, a Ford Foundation grant enabled the station to purchase its first video tape equipment. In 1969, KNME began live coverage of the New Mexico state legislature.

Local programs have included reports leading up to and after the New Mexico State Penitentiary riot and the Peabody Award-winning series Surviving Columbus on the Pueblo Indians (1992).