TFO Achieves Autonomy April 1, 2007

    TORONTO, March 23 /CNW/ - A new era for TFO, Ontario's French-language
public educational media organization, will begin April 1, 2007. As announced
today by Education Minister Kathleen Wynne, TFO will officially become an
autonomous Franco-Ontarian institution, independent from The Ontario Education
Communications Authority (TVOntario), which also operates English-language
    In June of 2006 the Ontario Government announced its intention to
transform TFO into a standalone organization, and requested that TVOntario's
Board of Directors deliver a plan for the creation of the new TFO by
December 15, 2006. Today's Government announcement confirmed the approval of
that plan. A new Board of Directors for TFO was named, comprising the five
Francophone members of the current TVOntario Board, with Vice-Chair Gisèle
Chrétien becoming Chair of the new TFO.
    "I am extremely proud of the success TFO has achieved within the
TVOntario family," comments TVOntario Chair Peter O'Brian. "I am confident
that the new TFO, under Gisèle's leadership, will build on this success and
continue to be integral to the fabric of the Franco-Ontarian community."
    The plan for the new TFO includes a French-language working environment,
new Toronto-area premises including a digital production facility, and an
ongoing commitment to in-house productions that reflect and meet the unique
needs of Franco-Ontarians.
    "With its own Board and operating entirely in French, TFO is now in a
position to further increase its impact as a champion of Franco-Ontarian
culture, an active participant in the Franco-Ontarian economy and a support to
the French language education system." says Chrétien. "I am delighted to be a
part of the creation of another strong and vibrant new Franco-Ontarian
    "Today's announcement represents the realization of a dream - a truly
autonomous, French-language voice for Franco-Ontarians," adds TVOntario CEO
Lisa de Wilde. "My most sincere congratulations go to all who have shown such
commitment and courage in order to make this exciting evolution for TFO a

    The only French language broadcaster originating outside of Quebec, TFO
was established in 1986 as a service of TVOntario, with a mandate to support
French-language education and culture in Ontario.

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