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Many broadcasters are required by the government to air a certain amount of public service announcements each day. For television stations, this means that they have to find a way to fit them into their commercial breaks to meet the requirement. A common way to do so is by repeating certain public service announcements. Here are a few examples of this practice:

  • Since broadcasters often want to reserve more heavily populated timeslots for paying advertisers, these often end up in the middle of the night. Due to the small number of public service announcements that are provided, however, the same advertisement about how orphanages need more bodies shoveled into them will often appear back to back with itself through an entire commercial break.
  • Following the 2011 earthquake-tsunami-meltdown in Japan, advertisers quickly pulled all their ads to avoid appearing crass during a national emergency. This left stations with nothing but a small handful of PSA messages to run during breaks, so all of eastern Japan ended up seeing the same half-dozen ads, all day long, for 2-3 weeks. Anyone there at the time now has them burned into their subconscious.
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    • Rather distressingly one of these was a cheerful cartoon song about being friendly and nice to your neighbours... in the middle of a crisis where people weren't even sure if their neighbours were going to be alive or not. Played over and over again. Yeah.
  • When they weren't showing an in-house "Cool Message for Kids" PSA or the Arbor Day Foundation PSA mentioned below, Fox Kids would show this McGruff the Crime Dog PSA, this Dudley the Dinosaur PSA or The Crayon Box That Talked at the end of their commercial breaks throughout its run. This practice lasted until the 2006-07 TV season.
  • 99% of the time one of the AdCouncil shampoo bottle recycling PSAs ads pops up, the other version will play immediately afterwards. The only real difference is the gender targeted by each advertisement and that one bottle becomes a comb while the other becomes a hairbrush. This mostly occurs on broadcast television, but cable channels like Nickelodeon will see them often enough.
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  • Public service announcements will sometimes comprise the entire ad break for specific types of channels, including public access channels and channels for people living in the military.
  • Because of their refusal to run any ads for junk food, movies or DVDs, qubo runs very few actual commercials. Thus, most of their ads tend to be public service announcements:
    • A few months before the qubo block ended on NBC, the Book People Unite PSA was shown often.
    • As of December 2016, qubo will show PSAs from The Foundation For A Better Life and very little actual commercials. Qubo likes to air them all the time, even though they've aired it like 30,000,000 times. No joke.
    • ''Can YOUR food do that?!"
    • The NFL Play60 were very common during the 2007-08 season of the block.
  • Nickelodeon went through a phase of encouraging children to eat breakfast. Through this lovely PSA. Every single morning.
  • People who lived in the United States and watched Saturday morning cartoons on broadcast networks the 80's, 90's or 2000's are likely to remember this PSA for the Arbor Day Foundation and it's catchy song. It even showed up on cable networks such as USA during their Cartoon Express block, and on Fox Family at the end of the final commercial break of the shows broadcast during their morning block. On some channels, the ad played every 30 minutes or even twice in the same break because the Arbor Day Foundation had bought so much airtime.
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  • This fire safety PSA was a common sight on One Saturday Morning during its first two seasons.
  • Local, city-specific TV stations in the UK (e.g. Mustard in Norwich) don't have much of a viewer base and therefore much of an advertiser base either so end up repeating public information films to fill the gap where paid advertisements would go. (For what it's worth, despite their being very region-specific this was never as big a problem on the old ITV regions since they had very wide service areas and viewership, thus attracting both local and national marketers.)
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