BURNABY – British Columbia’s Knowledge Network marked the start of its new broadcast season with the launch of Knowledge HD, the high definition channel of the public broadcast service. Distribution of Knowledge HD will roll out across the province throughout the fall.
“Knowledge Network is continuously improving our service by responding to the changing needs of our audience”, said Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge Network Corporation. “Our exceptional documentaries and kids’ programming are available anywhere, anytime including online, on mobile and tablets, and now in high definition. For the 1 in 3 British Columbians who engage with our service every week, it is yet another opportunity to experience our trusted, commercial-free service.”
The HD servers and equipment were funded in part by an initial capital grant from the Province of British Columbia and revenues from BBC Kids, the national children’s subscription channel owned and operated by Knowledge Network in partnership with BBC Worldwide.
“Over the past 32 years, Knowledge Network has earned a reputation for working independently to inform and inspire British Columbians with high quality content” said Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services. “I know families across B.C. will appreciate having access to that same exceptional programming on the new high definition TV signal this fall.”
Knowledge Network’s new broadcast season brings a spectacular line-up of original B.C. content including Knowledge commissioned documentaries by B.C. producers. Highlights include:
Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH – a six-part documentary series focusing on the men and women who work in the Emergency Room at Vancouver General Hospital. The series and interactive website will give British Columbians insight into emergency health care and by extension, the major health care issues impacting our province today.
Take Me Home – 36 profiles of B.C. personalities, including Nelly Furtado, Trevor Linden, Ryan Cochrane, Susan Musgrave, Wade Davis, and Vikram Vij on what “home” means to them in British Columbia. The project was funded in part by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
Working People: A History of Labour in British Columbia - shares 30 stories of workers whose important contributions help build British Columbia. The series was developed in partnership with the Labour Heritage Centre and with the support of the Vancouver Foundation.
Knowledge Network also launched its first ever picture book for kids, parents and teachers. Which Way Back? is a story of friendship, creativity, and team work featuring Knowledge Kids characters Luna, Chip and Inkie. The book was published in partnership with Figure 1 Publishing based in Vancouver.
The new broadcast season was celebrated on September 25 at Knowledge Network's digital broadcast facility in Burnaby. The event was attended by Minister Andrew Wilkinson, members of the business community and independent production sector, and Knowledge Partners. Dr. Ron Burnett, founding Board Chair of Knowledge Network Corporation as a Crown agency, was acknowledged for his role in developing a new strategic direction for B.C.’s public broadcaster.
About Knowledge Network
A viewer-supported public broadcaster, British Columbia’s Knowledge Network offers commercial-free creative documentaries, arts and culture, drama and children’s programs from Canada and around the world. Knowledge Kids is a safe, trusted environment for young viewers, offering “good fun” that sparks a child’s imagination and love of learning. Knowledge Network plays a vital role in supporting the independent production community in B.C. through the commissioning of broadcast and digital interactive content. Visit www.Knowledge.ca and www.knowledgekids.ca