Government of Canada

Government of Canada

April 29, 2008 12:40 ET

The Government of Canada is Pleased with Agreement in Principle Reached with TV5MONDE Partner Governments

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Chair of the Conference of Ministers Responsible for TV5MONDE, was delighted today about the agreement in principle reached by all the partner governments to ensure the future of TV5MONDE.

"I would like to personally thank all the partner governments for their openness and their wonderful cooperation over the last few months," said Minister Verner. "This agreement in principle will allow the channel to preserve its multilateral and pluralistic character in order to be more competitive and to better position itself to face a world where technology is constantly evolving."

This agreement in principle recognizes, among other things, the independence of TV5MONDE and the importance of preserving this important tool for the promotion of the French language and the values of the Francophonie. It opens doors to increased broadcasting of programs from Canada and other countries of the Francophonie on TV5MONDE and makes provisions for cooperative relationships and partnerships with the information channels France 24 and RFI. It offers more opportunities for broadcasting experts from all partner countries to take up key roles at the channel.

The draft agreement recognizes the autonomy of TV5MONDE as a multilateral and pluralistic channel, particularly through dissociating the roles of president and director general. It defines TV5MONDES's place with respect to France's reform of its external audiovisual services.

This agreement is also a concrete example of Canada's commitment to cultural diversity and, as such, meets the objectives of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

The agreement in principle will need to be endorsed during the next Conference of Ministers Responsible for TV5MONDE, which will be organized by the Government of Canada over the next few weeks.

TV5MONDE is an international television channel that has been broadcasting in French since 1984. The TV5MONDE partner governments are Canada, Quebec, the French Community of Belgium, Switzerland, and France. The channel is a valuable tool to help increase the visibility and vitality of the richness and diversity of Francophone culture throughout the world. Today, TV5 broadcasts its programs in 203 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, the United States, and Canada and reaches more than 181 million homes.

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,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101