The 21st Conference of Ministers responsible for TV5 took place on 27 November 2009 in Ottawa under the presidency of James Moore, the minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
TV5, a French-language operator for 25 years, is the multilateral international channel which brings together French, Quebecois, Belgian and Swiss public television. It broadcasts in French in almost 200 countries to 207 million households, 24 hours a day, making it one of the three largest television networks in the world. A new signal, TV5 Monde Pacifique, has just been added to the other existing signals: TV5 Monde Africa, Latin America, Asia, United States, Europe, France-Belgium-Switzerland, Maghreb/Orient and TV5 Quebec Canada.
The ministers welcomed the results achieved in the first year of implementation of TV5 Monde's four-year strategic plan (2009-2012). The results are positive, as they reflect a 10 percent increase in the number of households reached in the course of the last year.
They underline the importance for the channel of its evolution towards a global medium responding to audiences' new requirements and forms of behaviour (the internet, mobile telephony, webcam TV, interactive services, the launch of HDTV, etc.) in a global audiovisual landscape which is constantly changing within a tense competitive environment. They were pleased to see the channel strengthening its editorial line and adopting a new image which allows it to present a dynamic and modern image. On the basis of their discussions, the ministers agreed on the need for finance extending over several years within the framework of its strategic plan.
Switzerland acknowledged the budget which was presented and indicated that it is able to finance the amount resulting from the agreement on services between the Confederation and the SSR of 4 July 2007 relating to journalistic services abroad, which envisages 50% participation by the Confederation. It joined the other partners in highlighting the success of TV5 Monde, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It noted the increase in broadcasts by French-speaking member countries and in particular the presence of Swiss cinema originating from the different linguistic regions, which reflects increased cultural diversity. It hoped that solutions could be found to ensure that the channel enjoyed even better distribution on certain carrier networks, such as the terrestrial digital broadcasting network. Finally, it recalled that the synergies between TV5 Monde and France's external audiovisual services (France 24 and RFI) must conform to the 12 principles adopted in the Agreement concluded by the five stakeholder governments in April 2008. Among other things, these guarantee the channel’s independence, its multilateral character and its generalist nature.
Switzerland and the TSR attach great importance to participation in TV5. It is in fact an inexpensive and attractive means of representing Switzerland abroad within a project with a multilateral character. However, one must not lose sight of the benefits of TV5, in particular its extensive network, and it is necessary to ensure that its multilateral French-language character is preserved in the undertaking’s relaunch phase, in an economic and financial context which remains difficult.
From 1 January 2010, the Presidency of TV5 Monde is held by France, for two years