Tv5 Monde

This article is about the European TV network. For the related French-Canadian TV channel, see TV5 Québec Canada.
Launched 1 January 1984
Owned by TV5MONDE, S.A.
(France Télévisions 49%
France Médias Monde 12.58%
RTS 11.11%
RTBF 11.11%
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Canada) 6.67%
Télé-Québec 4.44%
Arte 3.29%
INA 1.74%)
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Slogan Un monde, des mondes, TV5MONDE(s)

Programs produced from:
Operates from:

Language French
Broadcast area International
Headquarters Paris, France
Formerly called TV5
(1984–1989, 1993–2006)
TV5 Europe
Website Analogue UHF PAL in Kinshasa, Pointe-Noire, Mauritania, Tirana, Elbasan, Shkodër, Korçë, Librazhd, Gramsh, and Bulqizë
UHF SECAM only in Cape Verde, Mauritius and Seychelles
VHF SECAM in Chișinău
DVB-T ERT B only in Athens and Thessaloniki
SKY México Channel 277 (Mexico, Central America and The Caribbean)
Canalsat (France) Channel 48
Dish TV (India) Channel 731
SKY Italia (Italy) Channel 540
Sky (UK, Ireland) Channel 799
Dish Network (US) Channel 731
Verizon FiOS (US) Channel 1771
GVT (Brazil) Channel 144
Astra 1L 11479.00 V 22000 5/6
Astra 1M 11538.00 V 22000 5/6
Badr 4 12073.00 H 27500 3/4
Hispasat 1C 12092.00 V 27500 3/4
Hot Bird 6 11137.00 H 27500 3/4 (Digital)
Nilesat 101 11900.00 V 27500 3/4
KT QOOK TV (South Korea) Channel 350
SKY Brasil Channel 108 (Brazil)
Available on most cable systems Check local listings for details

TV5Monde (French pronunciation: ​[te ve sɛ̃k mɔ̃d]; formerly known as TV5) is a global television network, broadcasting several channels of French language programming. It is an approved participant member of the European Broadcasting Union.[1]


TV5 started in 1 January 1984 and was under the management of Serge Adda until November 2004; the new director, named on 6 April 2005 is Jean-Jacques Aillagon, former French Minister for Culture and Communication. The present Director-General is Marie-Christine Saragosse.

In January 1992 TV5 underwent a major overhaul including re-branding as "TV5MONDE" to stress its focus as a global network ("Monde" is French for "World"). Also part of the changes are a new schedule and new program line-up. Since 1993, "TV5 Monde" is part of the channel's corporate name. Its Canadian operations are branded "TV5 Québec Canada", however, though the shorter version TV5 is also used.

TV5MONDE claims to be one of the top three most available global television networks available around the world with source: TV5 web page in French)


TV5 was created in Paris on 2 January 1984, under the guidance of Claude Cheysson, French Minister for Foreign Affairs, and by TV5 President Serge Adda by five public television channels: TF1, Antenne 2, FR3 from France, the Swiss Television Suisse Romande and the Belgian RTBF. The “5” from the name TV5 comes from these five public broadcasters.

On 18 December 1985 TV5 was amongst the first four channels carried by cable television in France, inaugurated in Cergy-Pontoise.

Following its privatisation in 1987, TF1 retired from the TV5 consortium, although it continued to supply its programmes to the channel up until 1995. On 1st September 1988 TV5 Québec Canada was created, then TV5 Afrique in 1991. The following year TV5 transmitted using digital compression towards Latin America and the Caribbean. Its coverage was expanded in 1996 with the launch of its Asian-Pacific signal, its subscription channel TV5 United States and the Middle East with TV5 Moyen-Orient in 1998.

In 1999 TV5 split its European signal into two, with the launch of TV5 France Belgique Suisse, a signal specific to target viewers in Francophone Europe (France, Belgium Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg etc.). TV5 Europe continued to serve the wider continental audience.

A consortium formed by public channels Arte and La Cinquième entered into the capital of the channel, which brought with it new sources of programming. A new schedule was constructed, centred around news programmes such as news flashes on the hour, two TV5 bulletins and rebroadcasts of its partners’ main news programmes (20 Heures from France 2; Soir 3 from France 3; Le Journal Switzerland; 13 Heures from Belgium).

A meeting with ministers from TV5 in Vevey, Switzerland, gave a mandate to the channel’s council of cooperation in order to reform the structure of the channel, in view of creating a unique worldwide cannel. The national governments in charge of the five participants gave an agreement to turn management of TV5-Etats-Unis and TV5 Amerique-Latine over to "TV5 Monde", the new name for the channel’s head operations in Paris.

Following the September 2001 terrorist attacks and the period leading up to the 2003 Iraq War, the subsequent media coverage put the spotlight on TV5’s particular way of broadcasting news bulletins from its member public broadcasters. International conflicts arising from the decision to go to war by the United States and the United Kingdom (which France, notably had refused to participate) had relaunched the debate over whether to create an international news channel, from a French perspective. In Autumn 2004, French President Jacques Chirac officially announced the launch of a French international news channel. In 2006 France 24 launches, placing itself alongside other news channels such as CNN International, BBC World (now BBC World News) and the then-month-old Al Jazeera English.

With the creation of France 24 placing TV5’s own existence in doubt, its new CEO Jean-Jacques Aillagon decided that, from 1 January 2006 to rename the channel TV5Monde to better underline its status as the only international Francophone channel available on-air (France 24 at this stage was only available in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and in the United States’ cities of New York and Washington DC; in French). Aillagon stepped down from his post on 3 March 2006.

The name TV5Monde only applies to its eight different signals, broadcast from its Paris headquarters. In Canada and in French-speaking Quebec, TV5 Quebec Canada is managed from Montreal, which keeps the original name TV5, as it is operated by an independent company distinct from TV5MONDE. As well as being part of the TV5 ‘family’, TV5 Quebec Canada has its own management and its schedule is made with the Canadian viewer in mind (and to conform to Canadian broadcast regulations, amongst which, sets domestic production quotas and limits foreign investors to a minority stake).

In 2007 a new programme schedule saw the reduction of programming from France Télévisions (France 2, 3 and 5), for example, one daily news bulletin from France 2 (abandoning France 3’s midday news programme). In 2008, TV5Monde became part of holding company France Monde.

In 2009, TV5Monde launched its Pacific signal for territories located between GMT+8 (Hong Kong) and GMT+12 (New Zealand). TV5Monde’s Pacific signal is an adaptation of its existing Asian signal which has been adopted to its time zones to better serve itsviewers. TV5Monde Asie covers a large territory, from India to New Zealand.


Most of its content is taken from mainstream networks in the French-speaking world, notably France Télévisions from France, RTBF from Belgium, RTS from Switzerland, and the Radio-Canada and TVA networks in Canada. In addition to international news, TV5MONDE broadcasts Ligue 1, films and music magazines.


The number "5" in the name is the number of founding networks: Télévision Française 1 (TF1), Antenne 2 (France2), FR 3 (France 3), TSR (RTS Un) and RTBF (La Une). Today, the partnership making up the TV5MONDE consortium are France Télévisions, Arte France, Institut national de l'audiovisuel, Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec. This consortium owns 51% of the service, while the other 49% is owned by France Médias Monde, a holding company that manages France's international broadcasting services.


As of 2006, eight editions are being transmitted:

(*) TV5MONDE États-Unis has certain programs subtitled in English. Particularly a few of the News Journals and most movies are subtitled in English language. It is unusual to watch a French movie without English language subtitles on TV5MONDE États-Unis.
(**) TV5 Québec Canada is produced in Montreal, the other seven channels from Paris under the name TV5MONDE.


Network availability


TV5MONDE FBS and TV5MONDE Europe are Free-To-Air and can be received by satellite. Additionally:

North America

Neither TV5MONDE nor its supplementary services are Free-To-Air in North America.

United States

In the United States, TV5MONDE USA is one of several foreign-language premium channels offered through International Media Distribution. Broadcast is in standard definition only. The channel is offered nationwide on Dish Network, AT&T U-verse, and Verizon FiOS, and offered in most major markets on traditional cable systems such as Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Xfinity and Bright House Networks. TV5MONDE is offered on cable and satellite as an a la carte selection for $9.99 a month. On most systems, a subscription to another programming tier or a digital cable package may be required. Purportedly due to underfunding, TV5MONDE cannot yet offer accurate advance scheduling or on-time programming, but progress is being made in these fronts.

In addition, TV5MONDE USA offers a French-language children's channel, TiVi5MONDE, which offers a selection of Children's and young adult programming in French. The channel is currently available on Dish Network, as part of the TV5MONDE subscription. Daily blocks of TiVi5MONDE programming is also seen on the main TV5MONDE channel.[2]

TV5MONDE will also soon be offering TV5MONDE Cinema on Demand, a video on demand service available to Xfinity subscribers that will feature a selection of francophone films.[3]


Main article: TV5 Québec Canada

TV5 Québec Canada is a French Canadian version of TV5MONDE. It offers largely the same programming schedule, with the exception that programming from Radio-Canada, which is already available across Canada, is replaced with content from the provincial educational networks Télé-Québec and TFO. As with TV5MONDE, TV5 Québec Canada is also a cooperative effort, though involving French Canadian networks and producers.

Other Countries

In Mexico and most countries of Central America and The Caribbean, TV5MONDE is shown on satellite service SKY México on Channel 277.

South America

TV5MONDE is not Free-To-Air in South America.

  • In Brazil, TV5MONDE is offered by SKY Brasil on channel 108, Via Embratel on channel 132, Net on channel 141 and TVA.

Asia, Australia and New Zealand

It is free to air from the AsiaSat 3S satellite, covering most of Asia and Australia. Triangle TV in Auckland and Wellington rebroadcasts some news programmes. In Singapore, StarHub TV service broadcasts it on Channel 152 for its digital service customers on MediaCorp TV Channel 5 and MediaCorp TV HD5. In India, Zee Network provides this channel for its Dish Network DTH services subscribers. Also, many others like Hathway cable TV and local cable TV operators offer TV5Monde free of cost. The channel is also available in Japan on Fuji Television platform and Television New Zealand in New Zealand.

In South Korea, ISP provider Qrix offers TV5 on its premium HD cable package and will begin offering it via IPTV from Feb. 16.

  • India: TV5MONDE Asia can be found on Dish TV channel 731.
  • Indonesia - Southeast Asia: TV5MONDE Asia can be found on Indovision channel 356, First Media channel 260 and OkeVision channel 158.
  • Pakistan: TV5MONDE Asia is available on demand by requesting the local cable operator.
  • Philippines: TV5MONDE Asia can be found on SkyCable channel 153 through digital platform.
  • Singapore: TV5MONDE Asia can be found on StarHub TV channel 152.
  • Taiwan: TV5MONDE Asia can be found on CHT MOD channel 111.
  • Thailand: TV5MONDE Asia can be found on TrueVisions channel 143.


External links

  • Official Site (French)
  • TV5 Québec Canada (French)
  • TV5Monde US
  • TV5Monde Asia
  • TV5Monde Charter (French)


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