BURNABY- Knowledge Network Corporation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Rudy Buttignol’s contract as President and CEO of the crown corporation has been extended to October 31, 2024.
Since his appointment in 2007, Buttignol has transformed the public broadcaster into a popular, commercial-free television and digital streaming service. The re-branding of British Columbia’s educational broadcaster has led to the tripling of donations to over $6 million annually. The Endowment Fund, launched in 2008 with a gift of $250,000, is now valued at over $12 million. In 2010, under Buttignol’s leadership, Knowledge Network acquired the BBC Kids channel and served as its President. This co-venture with BBC Studios generated over $18 million in revenues over eight years to fund Knowledge Network’s High Definition service and streaming platforms.
“We are delighted to have Rudy continue as President and CEO, “ said Maurine Karagianis, Chair of Knowledge Network Corporation’s Board of Directors. “His leadership and commitment have strengthened Knowledge Network as a trusted public service greatly valued by British Columbians.”
In recent years Knowledge Network has increased investment in BC original content, including the award-winning documentary series Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH and Paramedics: Life on the Line, and the children’s animated special Luna, Chip and Inkie in the Festival of Wishes.
Buttignol is also Chair of the Canadian Association of Public Educational Media (with members Tele-Quebec, Group Media TFO, TVOntario and Knowledge Network.)