What Kind of Programming Does TVA Offer?


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TVA is a privately owned French-language television station that broadcasts entertainment, news and sports content. It primarily rebroadcasts content from CFM-TV in Montreal, with space for local and original programming.

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TVA broadcasts through antenna to all of Quebec and parts of New Brunswick and Ontario. It is available on cable and satellite throughout Canada. Since 1998, it has been mandatory for all cable and satellite providers to carry TVA in order to give French-speaking citizens outside of Quebec a source of French-language programming not affiliated with Radio-Canada.

Quebecor group, which also owns several newspapers and television channels in Quebec, owns TVA. Independent media outlets have suggested that TVA's news coverage is reactionary, and in the past the network faced accusations of reinforcing Islamophobic and antisemitic stereotypes in Quebec society.

In contrast with Radio-Canada, the francophone branch of the CBC, TVA has a reputation for broadcasting more entertainment content. While Radio-Canada's public service broadcasting remit requires it to broadcast primarily shows which serve the public's interest through education and news content, TVA broadcasts French and Québécois dramas and dubbed American content. Its most popular original program is an entertainment talk show broadcast on Friday nights titled "Ca Finit Bien la Semaine."

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