TFO to be stand-alone French network

TFO, the French-language public education network in Ontario, will become independent from its sister station TVOntario on Sunday.

TFO, the French-language public education network in Ontario, will become independent from its sister station TVOntario on Sunday.

Ontario announced last June it would spin off the French-language service into a stand-alonenetwork.

The channel was originally formed in 1986 as an offshoot of TVO. As of Sunday, it will no longer be connected to the Ontario Education Communications Authority that runs TVO.

A new six-member board of directors, headed by Gisèle Chrétien, has been created and new headquarters are being sought for the network, which is now in the same building as the English-language educational network.

"TFO is now in a position to further increase its impact as a champion of Franco-Ontarian culture," said Chrétien in a release. "I am delighted to be part of this creation of another strong and vibrant … institution."

The TFO network will continue to receive about $15 million in operating costs from the provincial government and will have a total budget of about $21 million, including federal funds and cable subscription fees.

The plan for TFO includes a new digital production facility and an ongoing commitment to in-house production, according to Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.

TFO is the only French-language TV network outside Quebec in Canada.