September 1, 2014 11:22 am

New TV channel Unis gives a voice to francophones outside Quebec

New French-language TV station Unis.

Unis

MONTREAL — New French-language television channel Unis is giving a voice to francophone-Canadians living outside of Quebec.

The aim is to share a different perspective on francophone life by offering “programming focused primarily on reflecting the diversity of the Canadian Francophonie.”

It is specifically mandated to source programming from French-speakers outside of Quebec – Canada’s only official unilingual French province.

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Unis operates as a secondary feed of TV5 Québec Canada (TV5), a channel that focuses on international French-speaking programming.

Unis and TV5 will be part of basic service for all digital cable and satellite TV subscribers in Canada.

It was granted this special status by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on August 8, 2013.

Shows will include drama series, children programs, documentaries, game shows and more.

Unis will launch at 7 p.m. on Monday.

The channel is available in standard or high definition on all digital TV providers, including Bell satellite (150), Shaw Direct (741), Bell Fibe (141 and 1141), Videotron Illico (89 and 689), Cogeco Cable (84 and 577), Rogers Cable (660), Shaw Cable (912 and 918), Eastlink (377/907 and 783), MTS (409), SaskTel (875) and Telus Optik (2088).

*with files from The Canadian Press

© Shaw Media, 2014

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