Young viewers will be able to watch, discover, and learn en français at home via 14 hours a week of French-language kids programming launched last week on LPB2 (cable Channel 122).
Louisiana Public Broadcasting, CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) and Groupe Média TFO (Télévision française de l’Ontario), the leader in French educational content in North America, announced the new venture April 21 at the State Capitol.
The TFO educational content is designed for ages 2-8.
Groupe Média TFO is a public educational media enterprise funded by the Ontario Government in Canada. It is the premium destination for audiences seeking educational and cultural content in French across Ontario and all of Canada, a news release says.
Acadiana-area state representatives welcomed special guests from Groupe Média TFO, including its president and CEO, Glenn O’Farrell.
The initial partnership with TFO is for 18 months.
“This groundbreaking initiative will provide pre-school and school-age children the opportunity to reinforce their French language skills and strengthens our common mission with CODOFIL,” says Beth Courtney, president and CEO of LPB.
CODOFIL President William Arceneaux was involved in the negotiations between TFO and LPB.
Jason Viso, LPB’s director of programming and content, says, “We are excited about this partnership and believe that Mini TFO and other programs featured in our French language block will be a great addition to LPB’s network of channels.”
CODOFIL Executive Director Charles Larroque says he sees the collaboration as another step in preserving Louisiana’s French language heritage.
“We work closely with our schools, where nearly 4,500 students go to primary and secondary French immersion programs. We are making history by bringing educational content in French to personal screens. Today, we are writing a new chapter in the revitalization of French in Louisiana — this time among our youngest stakeholders,” he says.
The French programming will air at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more info, go to lpb.org.
Also at LPB
In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day this week, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA), coordinated by LPB and the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office, is highlighting nature in April. See stories that showcase Louisiana’s commitment to conservation and explore the unique landscapes and wildlife that contribute to Louisiana’s natural beauty. Visit the site is at ladigitalmedia.org.
President/CEO of LPB Beth Courtney was honored for her “Lifetime Contribution to the Humanities” at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ 2016 Bright Lights Awards Dinner April 7 at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans.
Courtney has been president of LPB since 1985.
LPB’s chief engineer, Clarence “C.C.” Copeland, received this year’s Broadcast Engineer of the Year Award at the 2016 Prestige Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting in March.
The Prestige Awards is sponsored annually by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters to recognize outstanding achievement by Louisiana radio and television broadcasters.
Worth a look
“HUNTERS”: 9 p.m. Monday, Syfy (cable Channel 59). Inspired by best-selling author Whitley Strieber’s novel, “Alien Hunter,” the new series follows Baltimore FBI agent Flynn Carroll (Nathan Phillips, “Wolf Creek”) whose wife suddenly and mysteriously goes missing. His search for her leads him to a highly-classified government organization — the Exo-Terrorism Unit (ETU) — who track and fight alien terrorists. Also stars Britne Oldford (“American Horror Story”) and Julian McMahon (“Nip/Tuck”).
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