TV5 – French-language international television network

Created in 1984, TV5 is the French-language international television network that reaches the largest number of viewers in the world. It broadcasts in close to 200 countries and territories to more than 404 million households worldwide. Canada, Quebec, France, Switzerland, the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and the Principality of Monaco are the six partner governments that provide funding to TV5. Monaco's accession in 2021 was a historic event for the partnership, which had not welcomed a new partner since Quebec and Canada joined in 1986.

The network is managed by two operators: TV5MONDE, in Paris, manages the signals covering Europe, Africa, Asia, the United States, Latin America, and the Middle East; and TV5 Québec Canada, in Montreal, manages the signal covering Canada.

The channel also has a streaming platform, TV5MONDEplus (only available in French), that contains Canadian content, but also content from the international Francophonie.

The Department of Canadian Heritage provides funding to these two operators by way of the TV5 Program, which has two objectives:

  1. Contribute to the international outreach of Canada by offering a special showcase for French-language Canadian artists and producers abroad. 
  2. Providing Canadians with programming and audiovisual content that enriches the country's Francophone television landscape and reflects the cultural vitality and diversity of the Canadian and international Francophonie.

Canada held the presidency of TV5 in 2018 and 2019. This responsibility is assumed in turn by each of the partner governments. This obligation includes hosting the annual meeting of senior officials responsible for TV5.

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