Uniting the Francophonie
Nouveau TV5 will be composed of two distinct channels promoting the Francophonie: TV5 for the international Francophonie; and UNIS for the Canadian Francophonie. Together, they will provide six times more Canadian content than the current TV5, content originating from all of Canada’s Francophone communities. This is a place of discovery, of interaction and of belonging for all the country’s Francophones. It is also a window opened on the best of original French-language television production from here and around the world.
Between the two channels, TV5 and UNIS, Nouveau TV5 commits to:
- Devote at least 90% of its programming to original French-language programs
- Devote more than 5 900 hours of broadcasting per year to Canadian content
- Devote nearly $170M over 7 years to spending on Canadian programs
- Devote at least 75% of these expenditures to original Canadian programs, all of which will be independently produced, for a total of more than $125M
- Devote most of its spending on original Canadian programming to programs produced outside Montréal and the province of Quebec
- Starting in Year 01, open three regional offices, one in the Atlantic Provinces, one in the Prairies and one in British Columbia
- Provide closed captioning for hearing-impaired Francophones on 100% of its programming
- Be accessible to all Canadians who subscribe to the basic service, for a monthly wholesale rate of less than one cent per day, in combining the two channels.
Nouveau TV5’s mission is simple yet ambitious: to become the rallying place for all Francophone Canadians, a television haven where they can express their aspirations, display their creativity, exchange ideas with each other and enjoy the international Francophonie. And all in a spirit of sharing and solidarity, emphasizing what they have in common rather than what differentiates them from each other.+
TV5 Québec Canada, the consortium that holds the licence for TV5, is proud of its 25 years of experience managing and operating a Canadian specialty service devoted entirely to promoting the Francophonie. It is also proud that of the 1 200 Canadian Francophones who responded to a recent survey, more than half of whom live outside Quebec, 90% have a favourable opinion of TV5.
In addition to this unique expertise and popularity, TV5 has developed an ongoing, close and privileged relationship with Francophone producers across the country, including a large number of production houses based outside of Montréal and the province of Quebec. These have produced about a hundred different projects broadcast on TV5, ranging from single programs to series that have aired over several seasons.
Today, TV5 Québec Canada’s proposal to devote an entire channel to each component of this dual mission - TV5 to promote the international Francophonie and UNIS to promote the Canadian Francophonie - is therefore a continuation of these concrete practices and its existing mission to reflect the diversity of the entire Canadian and international Francophonie. The two channels will operate under a single licence and be known collectively as Nouveau TV5.
We have a simple ambition: to make Nouveau TV5, and particularly UNIS, the place where all Canadian Francophones can express themselves and see the reflection of their reality, aspirations and achievements, whether they live in a minority or majority situation, in the East, the West, the Centre or the North, in a major urban centre or a regional setting, whether their families have been here for generations or they are new Canadians who recently chose to come live here.
And we will do this in a spirit of openness, dialogue and solidarity; focusing on what all Francophone Canadians have in common rather than what sets them apart. We don’t want to create barriers; we want to build bridges between all Francophone Canadians.
At the same time, Nouveau TV5 will also continue to provide to nearly 10 million Canadians who are Francophone, bilingual or currently learning French a window on the best in television production from the international Francophonie. We also want to build relationships and encourage the sharing of experiences and openness. And we want to use our partnership with TV5 Monde, which is watched in nearly 207 million households in almost 200 countries and territories on 5 continents, to promote Canadian productions on the international scene.
Nouveau TV5 will offer general programming featuring all categories. UNIS will focus in particular on children’s programs, original Canadian dramas, original French-language movies, unique Canadian documentaries and series, Canadian musical and variety shows, and games shows aimed at improving French-language skills and enhancing understanding of accents and regionalisms, as well as magazine programs and public affairs shows.
Together, TV5 and UNIS will offer all Canadians who subscribe to basic digital cable high quality, rich and diversified original French-language programming, through which they will both recognize themselves and discover other Francophones from here and around the world. Television content that will emphasize programming that is conceived, created and produced by Canadian Francophones from all regions of the country, and that will allow them to express themselves and share not only their realities and their aspirations, but also how they look at the world.-
The period provided by the CRTC for submitting comments has now expired. We would like to thank the many people who supported Nouveau TV5. We received
endorsements, which we will be presenting to the CRTC.
Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions or comments to make with regard to our proposal, please write to us at email@example.com.
Nouveau TV5 representatives appeared in front of the CRTC on April 24, 2013.
Click on http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/process/pcal2013.htm for additional information.
TV5′s representatives presented the Nouveau TV5 project in front of the CRTC on April 24th, 2013.
To read the text of their oral presentation: click here+
Nouveau TV5 in the news
La «patate chaude» de la francophonie and Des producteurs prêts à travailler+
A must read in Le Droit’s April 21st edition: Une nouvelle chaîne pour les francophones? A new channel for Francophones? (trad.)
Le Droit’s April 21st edition+
Nouveau TV5’s reply
As part of the process established by the CRTC for programming undertakings to request mandatory distribution on digital basic service, these companies are allowed to respond in writing to comments received thus far.+