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Groupe TVA

TVA is a private commercial French-language television network in Canada. Owned by Quebecor Media, it broadcasts over the air exclusively in the predominantly francophone province of Quebec, although it is also available on cable across the country.

Incorporated in 1960 as Télé-Metropole by Joseph-Alexandre DeSève, the network officially became TVA when it acquired stations owned by rival broadcaster Pathonic. TVA owns six of the ten stations on its network, and has a 45 per cent interest in the owner of two of its other four affiliates.

TVA also owns Le Canal Nouvelles, Canada's only French-language headline news channel. As well, the company owns a magazine publishing division unit, a film production and distribution house, and a number of other Internet and cable properties.

In 1998, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission made it compulsory for all cable systems in Canada to carry a TVA station, in order to improve service to Canada's francophone minority communities. The station offered is usually the network's Montreal flagship, CFTM-TV. This station also provides a time-shifted feed for Western Canadian cable companies.

See also: List of Canadian television channels - Media in Canada

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