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: December 14, 2020 - 21:04
For our final episode, Steve sits down with three former cabinet ministers to swap stories about the relationship between Queen's Park and TVO.
Air Date: December 09, 2020 - 20:46
Former TVO CEO Lisa de Wilde joins Steve Paikin to discuss the broadcaster's digital transformation, cancelling shows, and what it's like to work with a government bent on budget cuts.
Air Date: December 07, 2020 - 18:10
Steve speaks with TVO's former chair and CEO, Isabel Bassett, about her time at the helm.
Air Date: December 03, 2020 - 27:05
Steve speaks with former TVO chair and CEO Peter Herrndorf about how he staved off a push to privatize the organization.
Air Date: November 30, 2020 - 16:31
Steve speaks with Karen Grose, TVO's former vice-president of digital learning, about how a television station adapted to a digital world.
Air Date: November 26, 2020 - 29:39
Every television series relies on a team of producers and technical crew to get a show to air. Steve speaks with producer Wodek Szemberg and makeup artist Diane Rowe, two of TVO's longest serving employees.
Air Date: November 23, 2020 - 31:59
TVO's executive producer of documentaries Jane Jankovic joins host Steve Paikin to discuss the broadcaster's long history of creating and commissioning docs.
Air Date: November 18, 2020 - 29:24
Steve speaks with Dan Dunsky, founding executive producer of "The Agenda," about the show's origins.
Air Date: November 16, 2020 - 18:54
Steve speaks with Janice Stein, founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She has been at the centre of TVO's foreign affairs coverage from the very beginning.
Air Date: November 12, 2020 - 26:23
Maureen Taylor and Mary Ito join host Steve Paikin to discuss "More to Life" - TVO's thought-provoking alternative to daytime soap operas, talk shows, and reruns.
Air Date: November 09, 2020 - 31:29
Becky Fong, former producer on "Allan Gregg in Conversation With...," joins Steve Paikin to discuss the show's most memorable guests.
Air Date: November 03, 2020 - 19:52
Lauren Millar joins host Steve Paikin to discuss "Journeys," a show that profiled people making an impact on the planet.
Air Date: November 02, 2020 - 26:03
Former senior producer Jane Jankovic joins Steve Paikin to discuss the legacy of "Studio 2."
Air Date: October 29, 2020 - 30:24
Producer Janice Neil joins host Steve Paikin to discuss TVO's former provincial affairs panel, 4th Reading.
Air Date: October 26, 2020 - 24:15
Howard Bernstein, former producer of Between the Lines, joins Steve Paikin to share memories of their time on the show.
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.