CEO’s Message

When TVO first went to air in September 1970, we weren’t thinking about capturing rare interviews and special moments that would grow more interesting and valuable over time. Our goal then, as it is now, was to deliver smart, thought-provoking educational programming to Ontarians. But something happened while we were busy bringing you television that makes you think. We captured history in the making. Polkaroo. Elwy Yost with film legends of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Four decades of dialogues with Ontario political leaders. Rare footage of Canadian cultural heroes and international innovators. Unique stories about the people and places of our province. That’s just a small taste of what you’ll discover here in TVO’s Public Archive. The centerpiece of our 40th anniversary celebrations, it’s one of our most ambitious projects to date. With magic of digital technology, we can bring this remarkable content ‘out of the vault’ and online for you to experience. And with the financial support of donors across the province, we will be able to add even more of the amazing moments and programs that have made TVO such an important part of life in Ontario. Lisa

About the Public Archive

Welcome to TVO’s digital Public Archive, a free online resource that showcases four decades of made-at-TVO educational programming. At TVO our goal is to use media to engage people in ideas and issues that are shaping our province and our world. So we’re proud to offer you this ‘archive of ideas’ that add historical context to the political, cultural, social and economic themes we are exploring in our content today. The centerpiece of our 40th anniversary celebrations, the Public Archive is full of rare moments in television history. You’ll find lot of nostalgia, but it‘s much more than that. It’s a place where you can hear from some of the most influential thinkers, leaders and writers of our time talking about topics that matter. And with the new Think Again Podcast series, it’s also a space where vintage TVO programs have been re-cut and re-mixed to address contemporary issues. Whether you’re a researcher, filmmaker, student, writer, blogger or anyone who wants to learn more about the cultural history that has made Ontario what it is today, we hope you find this a valuable and effective resource. It includes over 325 programs and segments so far, with more to come each month. And you can explore it by program title, year, guest, subject or playlist. Let us know what you think!