TVO celebrates the past, the present and the future at The Word On The Street

TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - TVO, Ontario's public educational media organization dedicated to informing, engaging and inspiring citizens across the province, will kick off its 40th anniversary with a special lineup of events at The Word On The Street on Sunday, September 26 in Toronto.

Over the past 40 years, TVO has grown from a public educational television broadcaster to a multi-platform media organization that now offers TV, websites, digital content on demand, social media and community events that reach and engage more people than ever before.

"For forty years, TVO's been pushing the boundaries of educational media," said CEO Lisa de Wilde. "What started as a bold experiment in TV has evolved into an ambitious digital media organization. Today, TVO is one of the most innovative public broadcasters in the world. We're a proud reflection of Ontario - on TV, online and in the community."

And coming up this fall, TVO increases its digital offerings with the launch of its public archive, an exciting project that will make vintage TVO gems available for free to the public.

"Over the last four decades TVO has created outstanding, award-winning TV programming and screen-based content for Ontario's children, parents and engaged citizens," said Ms. de Wilde. "And starting this fall, a wealth of curated content, including rare interviews and Ontario stories, will be available for free online."

Join Chair of TVO's Board Peter O'Brian and CEO Lisa de Wilde on Sunday, September 26 from 11:45 am to noon at The Word On The Street for a special ceremony that will combine many unique elements of TVO's past, present and future. TVO's Steve Paikin will emcee the lineup at the TVO stage including:

  • The launch of a new "Where's Polkaroo?" contest, with special guest Polkaroo
  • The largest Polka Dot Door sing-along ever
  • The live debut performance of a new TVO tribute song
  • An exciting announcement about TVO's public archive

There will also be a full slate of TVOKids events and performances at the TVOKids stage from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For more information on TVO's 40th anniversary or to book an interview with CEO Lisa de Wilde, please contact: Lesley Horlick at (416) 484-2600 ext. 2281.

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 in 2010, 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
Rogers On Demand channel 100
Bell TV channel 265
Star Choice channel 353
Rogers On Demand Online


For further information: For further information:

Media contact:
Lesley Horlick
TVO, Corporate Relations
Phone: 416.484.2600 x 2281
Cell: 416.254.9456

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