TVO Launches New Digital Public Archive #retro

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Explore four decades of historic TVO gems at

February 23, 2011 @ 08:00AM

Toronto – TVO is pleased to announce the launch of its new digital Public Archive, a free online resource that unlocks four decades of made-at-TVO educational programming that stands the test of time.

The centerpiece of TVO’s 40th-anniversary celebrations, TVO’s Public Archive is full of rare moments in television history including:

* popular Saturday Night at the Movies host Elwy Yost’s conversations with film legends of the 70s and 80s;
* insights from some of the greatest minds in science and technology like Richard Dawkins, John Polanyi, Carl Sagan and Steve Wozniak;
* interviews with political leaders including every Ontario Premier since John Robarts;
* rare moments with Canadian icons like Mordecai Richler, Leonard Cohen, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence and John Candy;
* and Canadian heroes like Jane Jacobs, June Callwood, and Roberta Bondar.

TVO’s Public Archive features beloved TVO programs that have defined TVO over the years. It launches with over 375 programs and segments that would take more than five days to watch. The site includes episodes of Polka Dot Door, Today’s Special, Prisoners of Gravity, Imprint, Realities, Studio 2, the interviews portion of Saturday Night at the Movies, The Education of Mike McManus, Between the Lines and more. It also includes the new “Think Again” podcast series where programs are re-cut and re-mixed, examining important issues and placing them in context of the world today. New content will be added to the Public Archive regularly.

TVO’s Public Archive is a valuable resource for researchers, filmmakers, writers, bloggers and anyone who wants to learn more about the cultural history that has made Ontario what it is today. Visit to explore content by program title, year, guest, subject or playlist.

To book an interview with CEO Lisa de Wilde or a virtual tour of TVO’s Public Archive with Producer Craig Desson, please contact Lesley Slack at (416) 484-2600 x 2281 or email

“Our Public Archive is full of nostalgia, but it is much more than that. It’s a place where all Ontarians can hear from some of the best thinkers and writers of our time talking about what matters. It is also a creative space where vintage TVO programs are re-cut and re-mixed to address contemporary issues in the new Think Again podcast series.”


Craig Desson, Producer

“The launch of our Public Archive is one of TVO’s most ambitious projects to date. We’re delighted to both enrich the availability of smart online Canadian media content and re-introduce some of the programs that have made TVO such an important part of life in Ontario.

Everything we do at TVO is about engaging people in ideas and issues that are shaping our province and our world. We view our Public Archive as an ‘archive of ideas’ that adds historical context to the political, cultural, social and economic themes we are exploring today.”


Lisa de Wilde, CEO

About TVO
TVO is Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. Celebrating 40 years, TVO’s vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by thousands of donors. For more information, visit

Where to Find TVO

On air:

Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas),

Rogers TVO HD channel 580

Bell TV channel 265

Star Choice channel 353





Rogers On Demand

Rogers On Demand Online





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