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September 20, 2009 19:30 ET

Government of Canada Highlights the Excellence of French-Language Television and New Media Broadcast Creators at the 24th Annual Prix Gémeaux

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Member of Parliament (Megantic-L'Erable), today attended the 24th annual Prix Gemeaux at the Theatre Maisonneuve in Place des Arts.

"In addition to thanking all of the nominees for their contribution to the country's economy and cultural richness, I would like to emphasize that 19 websites or broadcasts produced for new media were nominated this year," said Minister Moore. "These nominations are proof that the industry is entering the digital age, a move which will be supported, starting next year, by the new Canada Media Fund created by our Government."

"French-language television continues to enjoy tremendous popularity with audiences, and this is in great part due to the savoir faire of all of these artists," said Minister Paradis. "Moreover, our excellence is recognized internationally, as proven by the many Canadian productions purchased every year by foreign networks."

Last March, the Government of Canada renewed its support (http://pch.gc.ca/pc-ch/infoCntr/cdm-mc/index-eng.cfm?action=doc&DocIDCd=CJM082271) to the production of television, Internet, and new media broadcasts by creating the Canada Media Fund (http://pch.gc.ca/pc-ch/infoCntr/cdm-mc/index-eng.cfm?action=doc&DocIDCd=CJM082271). The Government will invest $134.7 million in this new fund for the dissemination of high-quality Canadian broadcasts on a multitude of platforms. In addition, this investment will help maintain thousands of jobs.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca