TVOntario (often shortened to TVO and stylized on-air as tvo) is a Canadian publicly funded English language educational television station and media organization serving the Canadian province of Ontario. It is operated by the Ontario Educational Communications Authority, a Crown corporation owned by the Government of Ontario. It operates the television station CICA-DT (virtual and UHF digital channel 19) in Toronto, which also relays programming across portions of Ontario through eight rebroadcast stations. All pay television (cable, satellite, IPTV) providers throughout Ontario are required to carry TVO on their basic tier, and programming can be streamed for free online.

TVOntario - Governance, funding and other responsibilities

In 2017 and 2018, TVOntario launched four regional "hubs", featuring journalism on issues in the various regions of Ontario, on its website. Hubs are currently based in Thunder Bay for the Northwestern Ontario region, Sudbury for Northeastern Ontario, Kingston for Eastern Ontario, and London for Southwestern Ontario. In 2019, the service also launched an Indigenous hub to cover First Nations issues throughout the province.

TVOntario - 1970s

CICA signed on the air on September 27, 1970, operating at a radiated power of 423,000 watts video and 84,600 watts audio. Its studio facilities were located at 1670 Bayview Avenue (a five-storey office building that is still standing) and its 550 ft transmitter antenna was located at 354 Jarvis Street on the CBC tower. In 1972, the station moved its operations to a new studio facility at 2180 Yonge Street, where it remains. The station's broadcast name was "OECA", sharing the name of its parent organization, but began using the on-air brand "TVOntario" (and later just TVO) beginning in 1974.

List of historical TVOntario transmitters

This is a list of former transmitters broadcasting TVOntario in the Canadian province of Ontario. Since TVO's sign on in 1970, a number of low-power and high-power television rebroadcasters were added in various communities across the province. TVOntario permanently shut down these analog transmitters on July 31, 2012 without converting them to digital. The service did allow local communities to acquire their local transmitters, but it is not known if any community has taken up this option.

Doctor Who in Canada and the United States - Return to Canada: TVOntario and CPN

In Canada, TVOntario aired the program starting in 1976 with The Three Doctors and continued with the rest of the original series on a weekly basis until 1990 with series airing two to three years behind the BBC. TVO was also available to many viewers in the United States living in states bordering the Great Lakes. In order to fulfill the network's originally strict mandate as an educational broadcaster, TVO's transmissions of the Third Doctor's stories were hosted by Dr. Jim Dator, a futurist teaching to the University of Toronto, while the first three seasons of Fourth Doctor stories were hosted by science fiction writer Judith Merril, who called herself the "UnDoctor". Both hosts would fill out the show's half-hour time slot through introductions and longer extros which would analyze and discuss the episode critically for several minutes often explaining how a story was at variance with scientific concepts, how it related to science fiction genres, or putting the episodes in a socio-political context. Afterward, this broadcast requirement was relaxed and the extra time was used for the network's standard short subject programming such as Eureka!. TVO continued to broadcast Doctor Who until it lost the rights to the programme in 1990.

Mark Askwith - Prisoners of Gravity

Prisoners of Gravity first aired on TVOntario and ran for five seasons and 139 episodes before being canceled in 1994. Many of its episodes were subsequently syndicated, and have appeared (briefly) on PBS, The Discovery Channel and Space, of which Askwith is one of the founding producers.

The Life-Sized City

The Life-Sized City is a Canadian television documentary series, which premiered on TVOntario in 2017. Hosted by Mikael Colville-Andersen, the series visits various world cities, where it profiles innovative local urban development and improvement projects that are changing and revitalizing city life.

Ruth Grier - After politics

Afterwards, she was a regular panelist on Fourth Reading, on the TVOntario program Studio 2. In 2000, she along with husband Terry both received honorary doctorates from Ryerson University. Grier was named Visiting Environmentalist at the University of Toronto in 1997, and remains involved in environmental concerns.

Miffy - History

Miffy appeared in her first TV show in 1984, called Dick Bruna's Miffy Storybook Classics: The Original Series. Each episode was traditionally animated and ran for approximately five minutes. The show aired in the Netherlands on KRO, in the United Kingdom on ITV, in Canada on TVOntario in Australia on ABC, and in the United States on PBS with VHS releases from Sony Wonder, episodes of the show were later included as Bonus Features on Miffy and Friends DVDs.

Doctor Who - Americas

TVOntario picked up the show in 1976 beginning with The Three Doctors and aired each series (several years late) through to series 24 in 1991. From 1979 to 1981, TVO airings were bookended by science-fiction writer Judith Merril who introduced the episode and then, after the episode concluded, tried to place it in an educational context in keeping with TVO's status as an educational channel. Its airing of The Talons of Weng-Chiang was cancelled as a result of accusations that the story was racist; the story was later broadcast in the 1990s on cable station YTV. CBC began showing the series again in 2005. The series moved to the Canadian cable channel Space in 2009.


Téléfrançais! is a Canadian French language children's television series, produced by TVOntario from 1984 until 1986. The series of 30 ten-minute episodes has become a popular teaching tool, and is used by many educators (especially in Canadian and American schools) to teach French as a second language to elementary and middle school children. The show's name is a portmanteau for télévision and français.

Cynthia Loyst - Career

Loyst has appeared on both television and radio throughout the years. Television appearances include The Marilyn Denis Show, CTV NewsNet, TVOntario and ETalk, while radio appearances include 104.5 CHUM FM, 103.9 Proud FM, and Virgin Radio 99.9 FM. She talked about a variety of subjects revolving around relationships, such as "dating, mating, and relating".

Lisa de Wilde

Lisa de Wilde (born 1956) is a Canadian film and television executive, who has been the CEO of TVOntario since 2005. She is to retire at the end of her current term, on October 30, 2019.

Lisa Harvey-Smith - Public understanding of science

In April 2017, Harvey-Smith appeared as co-host, along with Professor Brian Cox and Julia Zemiro, in the three-part ABC Television version of the BBC programme Stargazing Live. Other television appearances include a feature on Australia Wide, Landline, the ABC Splash Live Event for World Space Week, ABC News 24, 702 ABC Sydney. She has also appeared on radio numerous times including the science hour on Triple J with Karl Kruszelnicki and The Science Show on ABC Radio National with Robyn Williams. In 2012, Lisa gave the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Public Lecture, which is broadcast regularly by TVOntario as part of the Big Ideas TV series.

Bits and Bytes

Bits and Bytes was the name of two Canadian educational television series produced by TVOntario that taught the basics of how to use a personal computer.

Jack (TV series)

Jack (sometimes called Jack the Explorer )is a 3D-animated TV series broadcast by TVOntario as part of its TVO Kids lineup. It is about an alien named Jack and a brother and sister who make friends with him, while hiding his existence from their parents. First created in 2009, its TV premiere was scheduled for 5 September 2011, but actually aired two days later. As of 2014 there are at least 39 episodes in the series, each consisting of two segments, for a total of 78 individually-named stories.

Occupied - Broadcast

The series premiered in Norway on TV2, on 5 October 2015, and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 13 January 2016 on Sky Arts in HD. The series was added to the Netflix streaming service, in multiple countries, as of 20 January 2016. The series premiered on Pivot TV in the United States on 5 May 2016 and on the Canadian public television station TVOntario on 11 September 2016. In Poland, the series broadcasts on Ale Kino+.

Simon Schama's Power of Art

Power of Art is a BBC documentary series written and presented by Simon Schama. The series was broadcast in October and November 2006 on BBC2. It aired in Poland on TVP2 in February and March 2008, on PBS in the US and re -broadcast in September 2008 on TVOntario in Canada, ABC1 in Australia, Australia Network in the Asia-Pacific region, TV ONE in New Zealand and on ET1 in Greece. It was also translated to Persian and aired on BBC Persian in Iran, as well in Italy for Sky Italia on the channel Sky Arte. Each of the eight one-hour episodes examines the biography of an artist and one of his key works through Schama's considerations and occasional reenactments:

Studio 2

Studio 2 was a daily (weeknights) current affairs newsmagazine on TVOntario in Ontario, Canada. The show won several Gemini Awards, and was hosted by Steve Paikin and Paula Todd (who replaced original co-host Mary Hynes in the show's third season), and first aired in 1994. TVOntario announced the program's termination on June 29, 2006. The final episode aired on June 30, and was replaced that fall with a new series hosted by Paikin, The Agenda.