MONTREAL, Feb. 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - TV5 Québec Canada is proud to announce that, to date, it has rallied over 2,000
supporters for the proposed modification of its condition of license.
The modification would allow it to operate two channels under a single
license: TV5, dedicated to international French-language content, and
UNIS, dedicated to Canadian French-language content. And the list of
supporters will continue to grow, since the CRTC has extended the
deadline for supporting the initiative to February 27. TV5 sincerely
thanks all those who have intervened on its behalf, and invites those
who have not yet had the chance to do so, to log on to www.NouveauTV5.ca or the CRTC website.
This impressive number of supporters confirms the high level of interest
in our project among the general public, the independent production
community, educators and the French-speaking community. This interest
had already been apparent in the results of the pan-Canadian survey and
the consultations with control groups of francophone television viewers
from outside Quebec, which were attached to our application. And it
kept building during the dozens of meetings with francophone and
francophile groups across Canada led by Suzanne Gouin, President and
General Manager of TV5 Québec Canada. Here are a few of the
testimonials we have received:
Pierre Rivard, General Manager of the Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver: "For the last few years, TV5 Québec Canada has partnered with the Centre
culturel francophone de Vancouver for its major cultural events. (...)
For example, TV5 Québec Canada is the only television channel to ever
pick up an entire concert at the Festival d'été francophone de Vancouver [francophone summer festival], which featured emerging B.C. artists
among others, and to broadcast it across Canada and around the world."
Jean Guénette from the Gaspa production company: "Gaspa is the only production company in Gaspésie. (...) Acceptance of
TV5's application by the CRTC will have an extremely positive impact on
our company. To secure the future of francophone production in Canada,
it is imperative that we have access to broadcasters and partners like
TV5, which are committed to reflecting the culture and diversity of
this country's many francophone communities, and not just the large
Yolande Grisé, Professor at the University of Ottawa and Simon Fraser University: "Whether it is responding to the needs of young children,
gradeschoolers, students, parents, teachers, seniors, the employed or
unemployed, etc., Nouveau TV5 represents an evolution for francophone
communities in a minority situation (...) As the former president of
the Ontario Arts Council, I cannot stress enough how much prominence
Nouveau TV5 plans to give French-speaking Canadian creators."
Daniel Gautreau, from Cine Atlantik, a production company based in Tracadie-Sheila: "TV5 is an essential partner in northern New Brunswick (...) We are
thrilled with what TV5 Québec Canada is proposing today because it
meets [our] expectations. TV5 already has years of solid broadcasting
experience, having worked with a large number of francophone production
companies across the country (...)."
Michel Barsalou, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce: "I view Nouveau TV5 as a promising initiative that will create
innovative job opportunities and unite Canada's francophones and
francophiles. I encourage all the members of my organization to
support this project."
Michel Laliberté, President of Tout écran, a production company based in Quebec City: "Editorial regionalization is one of the greatest benefits of the
Nouveau TV5 initiative. The three proposed regional offices outside
Quebec show this project's depth of intent. (...) We live in a time
when viewers are their own broadcasters, with social media networks
like Facebook and Twitter. The Nouveau TV5 project could actually channel all this density and diversity of
expression from sources across Canada. Let's face it, up to this
point, conventional and specialized broadcasters have had a tendency to
curbe (or downplay) less metropolitan content."
Éric Lefol, Director of the Fédération des Francophones de Saskatoon: "Nouveau TV5 will be a powerful tool enabling francophone communities in
every region of the country to stake their claim and have their voice
heard. This will foster exchange and the sharing of experiences among
these communities, while opening a window for them onto the
international French-speaking scene. This is a tool we urgently need."
Marc Beaudet, President of Turbulent Media Inc.: "Canada's digital content providers have found TV5 to be a rigorous and
innovative partner. TV5 contracts help strengthen the development of
key transmedia expertise in Canada. The growth of TV5 is good news for
the independent digital transmedia production industry."
Finally, we would like to mention the support of the national,
24,000-member strong, Canadian Parents for French, and its provincial associations. General Manager Robert Rothon wrote in his response to the CRTC: "Nouveau TV5 will be a fantastic linguistic and cultural resource for the
many francophiles across Canada. It is a tool that young Canadians
Add your voice to theirs and express your support before February 27,
2013 by logging on to www.NouveauTV5.ca. Thank you for your support!
For further information:
Irénidice Morin | Communications Representative
TV5 Québec Canada
514 597-3110 | firstname.lastname@example.org