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TV5 Monde, the international French-language channel

In 1984, TV5 Monde was the first French-language international television channel to be launched. It brings together the French, Quebecois, Belgian and Swiss public television services. It reaches 215 million households 24/7, in over 200 countries. Expatriates can watch repeats of broadcasts from their countries, such as TV news. France assumed the presidency of TV5 Monde in 2010, until the end of 2011.

OFCOM and TV5 Monde

Ministers from France, the French community of Belgium, Canada, Quebec and Switzerland meet once every two years to discuss the general policy of the channel, which they manage jointly, and issues relating to the TV5 budget in particular.

These ministerial conferences are prepared by meetings of senior civil servants. OFCOM represents Switzerland at such meetings and at the ministerial conferences if a Federal Councillor is unable to attend. In particular, it ensures that the multilateral character of TV5 is respected. A representative of the SSR, the Swiss public television service, generally ac-companies OFCOM to important meetings. Indeed, the SSR is on the administration board of TV5 Monde, as well as being directly associated with the channel’s programming as a provider of broadcasts together with the four other partners. With the Confederation, the SSR also makes a financial contribution to the channel.

France assumed the presidency of TV5 Monde in 2010 until the end of 2011 and will be hosted the next TV5 ministerial conference, which will be taking place at the end of 2011.

Activities and structure of TV5 Monde

Born of an efficient partnership between five governments of countries which share a common language, the TV5 channel has become a unique international showcase for French-language television productions. TV5, supported since 2006 by a Charter, is a basic tool for multilateral cooperation in the French-speaking world and a means of expression for the wealth of its different cultures. The channel also fully reflects the spirit and the framework of the UNESCO Convention on cultural diversity.

TV5, distributed by cable (75%) or by satellite via individual parabolic antennas (25%), has built up a global distribution and broadcasting network over a period in excess of 20 years. Its programmes reach more than 200 countries and 215 million households 24/7. TV5 adapts its range of programmes according to geographical areas in order to take time differences and regional sensitivities into account. Under a single entity, TV5 Monde, operational management of all the signals sent to Europe, Africa, the East, the United States, Latin America and the Pacific area is provided from its headquarters in Paris. However, the Quebec Canada television consortium (CTQC) manages the TV5 signal on Canadian territory.

TV5 is the most widely watched international channel after MTV and CNN. Its audience is constantly growing, thanks notably to the switch to digital broadcasting, which makes the channel even more accessible in remote regions, with increased use of subtitles and its fiction output which is a key factor in its success. TV5 also promotes high-quality programming.

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Last updated on: 14.04.2011

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History of TV5

TV5 Monde, the international French-language television channel, was born in 1984. The first French-language international television channel, it is the result of sustained cooperation between the five governments which are responsible for it: Switzerland, France, Belgium, Canada and Quebec. It brings together their respective public television services – in Switzerland’s case SRG SSR Idée suisse

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