Murray Battle to depart Knowledge Network

The pubcaster's director of original documentaries and brand will leave his post this summer.

Murray BattleAfter 11 years with B.C.’s Knowledge Network, Murray Battle, the public broadcaster’s director of original documentaries and brand, is leaving his post.

Battle leaves behind a significant commissioning record at the pubcaster, greenlighting projects such as recent Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature award-winner Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World (Shore Films/Optic Nerve Films/Side Street Post), Shut Up and Say Something (Stranger Productions) and This Mountain Life (Peg Leg Films). He leaves his post this summer and is relocating to Montreal to spend more time with family.

The exec’s credits also include the Lark Productions’ limited series Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH, which debuted with “the largest audience Knowledge Network has ever seen for the premiere of a documentary series,” according to a Playback report, and the upcoming Paramedics: Life on the Line, also with Lark. 

“It has been a wonderful decade for me in the West helping create the Knowledge brand and working with the B.C. and Canadian filmmaking communities,” said Battle in a statement. “I will miss my co-workers and collaborators, but I’ll always be watching Knowledge.”

A replacement for Battle has not yet been named, but a Knowledge Network spokesperson said an announcement will likely be made prior to his departure.