On September 27th, 1970, TVO signed onto the airwaves for the first time. It was an experiment in public broadcasting using television for education at a time when TV was considered the root of all evil. It went on to produce programming that shaped entire generations and change what it means to educate.

Hosted by Steve Paikin, TVOat50 brings you the story behind shows like 'The Polka Dot Door', 'Today's Special', and 'Saturday Night at the Movies.' Join us as we dive behind the scenes of half a century of programming.


Air Date: October 22, 2020 - 28:07
Steve Paikin speaks with "commander" Rick Green, former host of Prisoners of Gravity, about interviewing science-fiction luminaries.
Air Date: October 19, 2020 - 26:20
Gisèle Quenneville, senior producer at TFO, joins Steve Paikin to discuss the origins of the French arm of Ontario's public broadcaster.
Air Date: October 15, 2020 - 18:28
Steve Paikin speaks with Joanne Souaid who was once the face of TVO's telethon.
Air Date: October 13, 2020 - 26:19
Richard Ouzounian joins host Steve Paikin to discuss his most memorable celebrity interviews - and how arts programming changed during his TVO tenure.
Air Date: October 08, 2020 - 22:20
Steve Paikin speaks with producer Risa Shuman about the remarkable run of Saturday Night at the Movies.
Air Date: October 05, 2020 - 25:59
Steve Paikin speaks with Marney Malabar, TVO's director of Kids TV.
Air Date: October 01, 2020 - 34:32
Steve Paikin speaks with Nerene Virgin, who played Jodie on Today's Special.
Air Date: September 27, 2020 - 21:22
Ed Conroy, founder of, joins host Steve Paikin to discuss TVO's early years.