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TV5 Québec Canada launches UNIS, a new TV channel for the Canadian French speakers

August 28, 2014 | By francecanadaculture Canada (via AFP)

One year after the green light of the CRTC, TV5 Québec Canada announced on Thursday the programming of the new TV channel UNIS (United) which will broadcast from September 1st 15 original programs, going from documentary to youth entertainment, but no news show.

7,4 million dollars were already invested in the production of original contents for UNIS.

UNIS must "give a way and show achievementss and aspirations of all French speakers across Canada, but also with a more total look on the French speakers who are outside Québec", stated TV5 Québec Canada CEO Suzanne Gouin.

While TV5 Québec Canada is more centered on the internation French-speaking world, UNIS targets the French speakers living outside Québec from British Columbia to the Atlantic provinces.

"It is often said that television contents only focus on showing what is happening in the big cities. UNIS aims at showing what takes place everywhere across the country", said Mrs Gouin.

From September 2014 on, TV5 Québec Canada and UNIS will be inevitably given in the basis offer of all TV packages. So far, Canadians had to pay extra fees to watch TV5 Québec Canada.

Despite the same name, TV5 Québec Canada and TV5 Monde are two entirely distinct entities: the first one is only broadcasted in North America while the second one, based in Paris, is present in more than 200 countries.