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About Filipino TV (FTV)
FTV has been operating in Canada since 2008. Distributed by Ethnic Channels Group, the channel offers fresh daily programs in Tagalog and English direct from the Philippines.
About Ethnic Channels Group Limited
Ethnic Channels Group Limited is based in Markham, Ontario. Offering more than 100 of the best television channels from around the world for viewers across 30 ethnic communities in Canada. Its channel offering continues to grow and expand with rich foreign and in-house produced content. ECG is a diversified media company specializing in the distribution and acquisition of linear television channels and VOD/SVOD/PPV content across all media platforms.
More information is available at www.ethnicchannels.com.
Filipino TV in Canada Announces Brand New Look and Enriched Programming
October 4, 2016, Markham, Ontario – Ethnic Channels Group Limited (ECG), Canada’s largest distributor of third language television services, is pleased to announce the rejuvenation of Filipino TV (FTV) for the growing Filipino community across the country. Programming will be expanded to include more locally produced content ranging from news, talk shows, documentaries, reality series, entertainment, comedy, travel, spiritual, music videos and concerts.
“Ethnic Channels Group is pleased to be offering a completely rebranded channel featuring vibrant and varied TV content that everyone in the Filipino-Canadian community will love,” said Slava Levin, ECG’s CEO and co-founder. “In addition, for the first time in the history of the Filipino TV broadcasting in Canada, this channel will have programs made by and for Filipino-Canadians across all provinces.”
As part of the re-launch, FTV will partner with Filipino-Canadian communities across Canada to produce compelling content from each province, which will be filmed locally. This enriching content will add to the great FTV shows already filmed in ECG’s state-of-the-art in-house production facility in Markham, Ontario featuring the Filipino-Canadian community.
FTV’s highly anticipated new additions also include daily children’s programing as well as shows in Tagalog appealing to millennials. For the first time in Canada, the channel will bring to its viewers spiritual programming from Iglesia Ni Cristo.
The growth of the Filipino community has been a priority for the Government of Canada. According to government figures, in 2014, Canada welcomed more than 40,000 permanent residents from the Philippines, making the Philippines Canada's top source country for permanent residents. In this same year, over 700,000 Canadian residents could trace their ancestry back to the Philippines, and a growing number of Filipino citizens were visiting family and friends in Canada, studying at Canadian colleges and universities, or immigrating to Canada as permanent residents.
VOICES TV TO SIMULTANEOUSLY BROADCAST MULTICULTURAL PROGRAMMING IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES IN ONTARIO
TORONTO, ON (May 10, 2018) – Canada’s largest ethnic television broadcasting company is all set to unveil their newest venture - a uniquely innovative multicultural television channel that will allow Canadians of all communities and backgrounds to access programming content, be it news, information or entertainment, in the language of their choice, simultaneously.
An initiative of Ethnic Channels Group Ltd, the channel will broadcast Canadian programming content that caters to multiple ethnic communities in their preferred language.
Aptly titled Voices TV, the channel, a game-changing initiative of the Ethnic Channels Group Ltd (ECG), will focus on regional, national and international news, information, current affairs and entertainment programming to satisfy the needs of all Canadians irrespective of their cultural and linguistic background and ethnicity.
“A key element of our programming strategy for Voices TV is that we will be offering programming in multiple languages simultaneously throughout the broadcast day,” says Slava Levin, CEO of ECG. “We will begin by offering this programming in 10 different languages in the first year of operation using the multiple language feeds. We will increase the number of language feeds to 15 in the second year, 20 in the third year and to 25 by the fourth year of operation.”
To fulfil the growing needs of Canada’s diverse and robust multi-cultural community, Voices TV has developed an inclusive and innovative technological approach to provide multilingual and multi-ethnic programming, to ensure the largest number of Canadians from diverse communities can access programming on this channel, in the language of their choice, throughout the broadcast day.
The attempt is to not just allow people to access multicultural programming in their native language, but also encourage understanding and inclusion among the different diverse communities residing within Canada. “The idea is to cater to the needs of the diverse growing population in the country in a manner that most suits their wants and needs. Currently, over 20 percent of the Canadian population speaks a third language. This number is increasing by 15 percent every 5 years,” says Hari Srinivas, President, ECG.
“What we are essentially trying to do is eradicate language as a barrier when it comes to access to programming. Through the use of this state-of-the-art technology, a Chinese family will be able to access Arabic programming in Chinese. As a result, the possibilities for cultural inclusion and integration truly become endless,” he adds.
The channel will take on the important role of transmitting and dubbing crucial news, information, current affairs and programming that is consistent with the demands of Canada’s population diversity, while operating and broadcasting a minimum of three distinct regional programming feeds to serve audiences in Eastern, Central and Western Canada.
“Voices TV will be a trusted and reliable source of news and information for Canada’s multicultural communities. We will cover news stories and issues that are important to Canada’s multicultural communities across the country from a Canadian perspective. As our give back to the communities we serve, we also plan to produce and broadcast a program entitled Welcome to Canada that will assist new Canadians with their integration into Canadian society and Canadian life. We’re really excited about that!” added Levin.
Voices TV is currently one of the eight applicants contending a national, multilingual multi-ethnic television service offering news and information programming, which, if licensed, would receive mandatory distribution on the basic service pursuant to section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act.
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