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What the Industry is Doing - Télédiversité

Télédiversité 2008 - Fourth Annual Event Scores another Hit
Télédiversité, the unique forum organized by the Association québécoise des télédiffuseurs et radiodiffuseurs (AQTR) to promote the portrayal of cultural diversity in private television in Quebec, took place in Montreal June 5th and 6th and was an unparalleled success that attracted 400 participants over the course of this two-day event.

Highlights of the fourth annual Télédiversité include a job and professional training fair in which some ten companies and academic institutions took part, and hands-on sessions offering participants the opportunity to simulate a television interview (Vox), the presentation of a newscast (TVA/LCN) and the position of veejay (MusiquePlus).
Also featured were four professional training sessions presented throughout the day of June 6. In the morning, participants could choose between taking part in a forum on how to meet the needs and expectations of broadcasters or one on the profession of journalist.  The two afternoon sessions covered the development of a TV project and television casting respectively. Finally, a session on the various organizations that provide funding for television productions was also offered.

This day of activities was preceded by an opening evening with an international flavour on Thursday. Luc Perreault, President of the AQTR, also gave a speech in which he stressed the importance of diversity in television and reiterated the commitment of Quebec’s private broadcasters towards ensuring television that reflects everyone.

In a July 17 letter (only available in French) addressed to Luc Perreault, CRTC Chair Konrad Von Finckenstein commended event organizers for the success of the event and the way it evolved over time. CRTC staff who had taken part had shared their satisfaction and stressed the broadcasters’ availability and openness towards all participants from diverse cultural communities. “Your initiative is proving to be an efficient training forum in reaching the Commission’s objective to better reflect and represent cultural communities within the private broadcasting industry in Quebec.” (CAB translation)

Télédiversité 2007 - June 5-6, 2007
The Association québécoise des télédiffuseurs et radiodiffuseurs (l'AQTR) announced that the 2007 edition of Télédiversité will be held on June 5 and 6 in Montréal, at the Studio Rolland-Giguère (G) de TVA, au 1600, boul. de Maisonneuve Est. Sponsored by a wide array of Quebec private broadcasters, the third edition of Télédiversité will again create a forum of exchange for the major players in Québec French-language private television as well as artists from ethnocultural and Aboriginal communities, and for journalists, creators, producers and technicians. Télédiversité is an opportunity for French-language broadcasters and members of ethnocultural and Aboriginal communities who are currently working – or who would like to work – in the television industry in order to exchange ideas, network and explore the challenges and opportunities we all face to ensure a fair reflection of our cultural diversity (whether that be on camera or behind the scenes). Click here for more information.

Télédiversité 2006
As part of the second edition of Télédiversité in Montreal, which took place on Thursday, May 25, the event's sponsors Astral Media, TVA and TQS, announced their intent to jointly invest $135,000 in the event over the next three years. Furthermore, in order to broaden the scope of Télédiversité, future editions of the event will be organized by the newly-formed Association québécoise des télédiffuseurs et radiodiffuseurs (AQTR), which represents all private broadcasters in Québec. The 2006 edition of Télédiversité attracted more than 200 participants from a number of ethnocultural communities, as well as the major players in Québec French-language private television. Among the events at this year's event were a presentation by professor and demographics expert Jacques Henripin, who presented a demographic portrait of Quebec in 2025, as well as a speech by Haitian-born writer Dany Laferrière on the experience of ethnic artists in the province. The first ever Télédiversité Award was also presented to the Wapikoni Mobile Corporation, for their unique project which has made it possible to bring video production resources to remote Aboriginal communities, and allowed those communities to use video to share their history and stories.

Télédiversité 2005 - May 11 & 12, 2005
Astral Media, TQS and TVA, in partnership with the CAB, presented Télédiversité, the first conference on the reflection and portrayal of cultural diversity in Québec French-language private television. The conference created a forum to exchange ideas between Québec’s French-language private television broadcasters and journalists, creators, producers and technical personnel from Aboriginal and ethnocultural communities working in Québec.

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