The Board of Directors of Knowledge Network Corporation announced today that Rudy Buttignol is leaving his position as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 30, 2022.
The Board acknowledges Mr. Buttignol’s significant contributions to public broadcasting in B.C. during his fifteen years of service. Mr. Buttignol joined Knowledge Network Corporation as President and CEO in 2007, after a privatization review by the provincial government concluded that the broadcaster should remain public with a new board and direction. During this period, he transformed the commercial-free public broadcaster into a successful television and digital streaming service. He led the re-branding and expansion of Knowledge Network that resulted in the tripling of donor revenues to over $6 million annually and started the Knowledge Endowment Fund, now valued at over $22 million. In 2007, he discontinued in-house production to work exclusively in partnership with independent producers from B.C. and Canada on the creation of original programming.
The Board has determined that now is the time for renewal as it considers the future and how best to move the organization forward. The Board is looking at new opportunities to build on Knowledge Network’s success as the organization evolves and adapts to changes in the broadcast industry and the changing needs of British Columbians.
The Board will be conducting a comprehensive, national recruitment process and will appoint an Acting President and Chief Executive Officer in the coming weeks to serve during this period.