"Teen Kids News" (initially titled EKN Worldwide Kids News and alternately abbreviated on-air as TKN since 2012) is an educational newsmagazine series aimed at children between the ages of 13–16 years old and their parents that debuted in first-run syndication the weekend of September 27, 2003. Teen Kids News discusses important issues in a format intended to educate and inform both children and adults. In-studio segments are shot at studios in Manhattan with field reports done on location around the country and world. The series meets Federal Communications Commission guidelines for educational and informational programming. U.S. television stations are required by law to broadcast three hours of children's programming each week; the majority of affiliates that run the series typically air it on Saturday or Sunday mornings depending on the station, though a few air the series on Fridays in the morning or daytime time periods.
The series airs on over 200 TV stations covering approximately 91% of the country and is seen in 1,000 locations in 175 countries worldwide through the American Forces Network and is seen in 12,600 schools through a special classroom education feed. Although the TV Parental Guidelines do not require news programs to receive a rating, all episodes of the series are rated TV-PG. Beginning with the tenth season premiere on the weekend of September 15, 2012, Teen Kids News began broadcasting in high-definition. In-studio segments are broadcast in the format, though most field reports continue to be produced and aired in 4:3 standard definition, with pillarboxing added to fill the left and right sides ofwidescreen television sets.