AMI appoints Director of Programming for new French language described video channel

TORONTO, April 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) has named Isabella Federigi as Director of Programming for AMI's French channel, AMI-télé. Federigi will be based out of Montréal and will report directly to AMI-télé Vice President, Programming and Production, Philippe Lapointe.

With more than seventeen years of experience, Federigi is a veteran in the broadcast industry having spent time at Global Québec, CH Montréal (CJNT) and most recently at Télé-Québec where she was responsible for acquisitions and programming related to drama series and documentaries. Federigi has worn many hats over the years including Programming Supervisor and Station Manager and was instrumental in the rebranding and, in 2009, the subsequent transition of ownership for CH Montréal (CJNT). Federigi is very active in the community and in 1998 was awarded the CanWest Community Spirit Award. In 2013 she was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her continued efforts and involvement in ethnic media and cultural diversity.

"I'm thrilled to have Isabella on board," says Lapointe, Vice-President of Programming and Production, AMI-télé. "We have a lot of work to do in advance of our launch and Isabella is just the right person to roll up her sleeves and get the job done. Her experience and enthusiasm are unparalleled and I'm so pleased to be working with such a consummate professional."

AMI was awarded a French license on August 8, 2013 and the channel is scheduled to launch in January, 2015. AMI-télé will be available as part of a basic digital package and will provide French Canadians who are blind or low vision with programming that is both entertaining and relevant to their community, complete with open described video and closed captioning.

Federigi assumes her role with AMI effective immediately and is available for interviews. To arrange an interview with AMI's new Director of Programming, AMI-télé, please contact Taylor Turner at taylor.turner@ami.ca.

For further information on AMI and its services, visit www.AMI.ca.

About Accessible Media Inc. 
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization operating two broadcast services: AMI-audio and AMI-tv, and a website (AMI.ca). A third broadcast service, AMI-télé, will launch in early 2015. Serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted, AMI's mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians.

SOURCE Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)

For further information:

Janis Davidson Pressick, Communications Manager
800-567-6755 ext. 0971, janis.davidsonpressick@ami.ca

Taylor Turner, Communications Coordinator                                
800-567-6755 ext. 0977, taylor.turner@ami.ca