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 318 million households worldwide. France, Switzerland, the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Canada and Quebec are the five partner governments that provide funding to TV5.

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.

Funding provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage to these two operators by way of the TV5 Program 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 audiovisual programming and content that enriches the francophone broadcasting landscape in Canada and is a reflection of the vitality and cultural diversity of the Canadian and international Francophonie.

Canada will take over the presidency of TV5 for 2018 and 2019. This responsibility is assumed in turn by each of the partner governments. This requirement includes hosting the conference of TV5 ministers and an annual meeting of senior officials. The last time Canada held the presidency was in 2008 and 2009.

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