Fonds C 257 - Multilingual Television (Toronto) Limited fonds

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Multilingual Television (Toronto) Limited fonds

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CA ON00009 C 257

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  • 1968-1989 (Creation)

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171 videocassettes (ca. 96 hrs.)

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Multilingual Television Limited is a Toronto, Ontario-based television station specializing in multicultural programming, and owns and operates television station CFMT.

Multilingual Television Limited was founded in Toronto in 1979 by Dan Iannuzzi with the backing of private investors, and first aired on Sept. 3, 1979. Popularly known by the call letters CFMT ("Canada's First Multilingual Television"), its mandate is to produce and broadcast ethnic programming reflecting a diverse of a multicultural viewing public, to match third language programming with the needs of each ethnic group, and to entertain and inform members of the ethnic communities in Toronto. The major groups targeted are Italian, Chinese and Portuguese, although the station broadcasts in a total of fifteen different languages. In 1986 Rogers Cablesystems became the major shareholder.

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Fonds consists of video cassette tapes representing programming produced by Multilingual Television Limited during the period 1979-1989. Included in the fonds are complete programs, inserts and raw footage produced by CFMT. These consist of magazines, news, variety shows, dramas, game shows, documentaries, specials and promotional programming.

Material in the fonds includes samples from each of the ethnic groups represented in CFMT's programming, in addition to selections of each type of programming as well as representative samples from each year's productions. Very little English-language programming is included in the fonds.

Included in the programming is CFMT's first broadcast from September 3, 1979. Also, a selection of native programming from "Pow-Wow" and "Native Express" is included. Programs from other ethnic groups are also represented, including Ukrainian Magazine, Dutch Magazine, and Macedonian Magazine. As well, two informational productions aimed at Asian refugees in Toronto are included, as are programs relating to a tribute to Robbie Burns, and a Citizenship Court held on Canada Day. Promotional segments for English- language programming, as well as for an Italian-language entertainment magazine, "Incontri" are included.

Fonds also includes selections of productions purchased by CFMT for use in its programming, as well as productions of unknown origin. These consist of numerous documentaries and dramatic presentations including a dramatization of a Bulgarian peasant wedding, as well as numerous news magazine items from Japan, Portugal, Germany, Armenia and Holland which were probably not created by CFMT.

Also part of the fonds are a number of programs produced by other production companies, television stations, or networks. These include "Paradox of Norval Morriseau" and a production focussing on native issues, entitled "Beauty of My People," which were both produced by the National Film Board. Also, there are dramatic episodes produced for Portuguese audiences by EDIPIM-TV, as well as episodes of "Eho Hamara Jeeuna" produced by Mandeep Film Enterprises, and an episode of "Karamchand," produced by LIN-TV. An episode of "The Late Show," with host Suzanne Somers is included, as is news footage of Grenada, produced by the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).

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The fonds was acquired by the Archives of Ontario on a copy loan basis from Multilingual Television Limited in 1991.


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Copyright held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission of the copyright holder.

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Rev. Mar/12.

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