BURNABY– Knowledge Network Corporation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the reappointment of Rudy Buttignol as President and CEO of the crown corporation. The term is for five years ending in 2020.
Since joining Knowledge Network in 2007, Rudy has transformed the public broadcaster into a digital media service with television and web channels serving British Columbians across the province. Knowledge Network has significantly reduced its reliance on government funding through increased donations from viewers, the establishment of an endowment fund, and revenues from the operation of BBC Kids, a joint venture with BBC Worldwide.
“Under Rudy’s vision and leadership, B.C.’s public broadcaster has become a dynamic service that British Columbians of all ages truly embrace as their own,” said Nini Baird, Chair of Knowledge Network Corporation’s Board of Directors. “We are delighted to have Rudy continue as President and CEO. His energy and commitment are greatly valued by the board and staff.”
In recent years, Knowledge Network has significantly increased original content, launched an HD channel, and introduced Video On Demand and Live Streaming on Knowledge.ca. British Columbians can also now enjoy Knowledge Network anytime, anywhere on the new Knowledge app, with the Knowledge Kids Go app set to launch next month. Rudy’s new term will focus on expanding Knowledge Network’s “TV Everywhere” strategy.
“Thanks to British Columbians’ generous and increasing financial support, Knowledge Network has become the most publicly supported public broadcaster in Canada" said Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge Network Corporation. “ Together with our operation of the BBC Kids channel, we will continue to reduce our dependence on government funding and build the foundation for a financially sustainable public broadcasting institution that will endure for generations to come.”