Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, and Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations, are delighted with the agreement regarding the modernization of TV5 Monde, which guarantees the channel’s independence and multilateral programming.
On April 29, 2008, Minister St-Pierre stated in a press release, “I am delighted that this agreement acknowledges TV5 Monde’s autonomy, notably by separating the role of president, which has been assigned to the CEO of the “Audiovisuel extérieur de la France” holding—TV5 Monde’s main stakeholder—from the role of director general, who will not be affiliated with the holding and will be given the leeway required to manage the channel.”
The agreement is the result of discussions begun in summer 2007 between TV5 Monde’s financial backers: the governments of Québec, Canada, France, and the French communities of Belgium and Switzerland. The discussions have touched on TV5 Monde’s governance and programming, and examined possibilities for collaboration between the French-language channel and the subsidiaries of the “Audiovisuel extérieur de la France” holding, RFI, and France 24.
“By opening the door to greater exposure for programs from all across the French-speaking world on TV5 Monde, this agreement will strengthen the channel and make it more competitive in the global media environment, while increasing its multilateralism. I would like to personally thank the Government of Canada, which heads the conference of ministers responsible for TV5, and all the channel’s partner governments for the spirit of solidarity and cooperation they have shown throughout the work and negotiations of the past few months,” continued Minister Gagnon-Tremblay.
The agreement will also give broadcasting experts from all partner countries the opportunity to take up management positions with the channel. “The agreement is exciting in that TV5 Monde will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year when Canada takes over the presidency. It should be put before the responsible ministers at their next conference in the very near future,” concluded Ms. St-Pierre.
The press release notes that on April 29, 2008, the TV5 Monde board approved the nomination of Alain de Pouzilhac, CEO of “Audiovisuel extérieur de la France,” as TV5 Monde president and Marie-Christine Saragosse as director general, a position that she held previously from 1997 to 2005.