MusiquePlus

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MusiquePlus
Logo MusiquePlus.svg
LaunchedSeptember 2, 1986
Owned byV Media Group
(Remstar)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec
Sister channel(s)Max
V
Websitenoovo.ca/musiqueplus
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 141 (SD)
Channel 1876 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 775 (SD)
Channel 249 (HD)
Cable
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each operator
IPTV
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 851 (SD)
Channel 951 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 130 (SD)
Channel 1130 (HD)
Optik TVChannel 2040 (SD)
Telus QuebecChannel 30 (SD)
Channel 530 (HD)
VMediaChannel 112 (SD) (QC)
ZazeenChannel 240 (HD)

MusiquePlus is a Canadian French-language specialty television channel. Owned by V Media Group, the channel broadcasts a mixture of music and entertainment programming.

It was first established as a joint venture between CHUM Limited and Montreal-based radio broadcaster Radiomutuel, as a French sister network to CHUM's MuchMusic. Following the acquisition of CHUM by CTVglobemedia, Radiomutuel's successor Astral Media acquired CHUM's stake in MusiquePlus, marking its separation from common ownership with its English counterpart. After the 2013 acquisition of Astral by CTVglobemedia's predecessor Bell Media, MusiquePlus was sold to V Media Group, parent company of Quebec's V network.

As with its English counterpart, MusiquePlus was formerly oriented primarily towards music programming, but has increasingly focused on non-music programming such as comedy, films, and reality shows. In 2019, V Media Group announced that it planned to re-launch the network later in the year as Elle Fictions (co-branded with the lifestyle magazine of the same name), with a focus on general entertainment targeting women.

As a former Category A service, MusiquePlus was required to be carried on the basic service of all digital television providers serving the province of Quebec. The channel was, and still is, typically offered optionally at the discretion of providers outside of the province.

History[edit]

Launching on September 2, 1986, MusiquePlus originated with an eight-hour schedule, sharing channel space with TVJQ (a predecessor of VRAK.TV); it consisted of music videos and interviews and performances that were taped from a studio on Boulevard St. Laurent in Montreal. Four hours of this programming was produced from MuchMusic's studios in Toronto and sent to Vidéotron for broadcast in Quebec to subscribers of MuchMusic. This programming repeated once daily.

CHUM later submitted an application with the CRTC in 1987 for a licence to operate MusiquePlus as a dedicated 24-hour channel. The CRTC approved its application, and MusiquePlus was launched as a separate channel on September 1, 1988. The channel was a joint venture between CHUM Limited and Radiomutuel—each owning 50%. Radiomutuel was acquired by Astral Media in June 1999.

In July 2006, CTVglobemedia announced it would make a bid to buy CHUM Limited. Initial plans were to keep MusiquePlus and MusiMax, although CTVglobemedia soon announced that it would sell its stake in MusiquePlus and Musimax. On April 11, 2007, Astral announced that it would acquire the remaining 50% in MusiMax and MusiquePlus from CTVglobemedia, giving it full ownership—separating the network from its original parent. This deal was completed on June 30, 2007—to signify its independence from MuchMusic, MusiquePlus adopted a new logo the following year in September 2008.

Sale to Remstar/V Media Group[edit]

While MusiquePlus has operated separately from MuchMusic ever since the deal, the network was almost re-united with its former parent in 2012 when CTVglobemedia's successor Bell Media attempted to acquire the entirety of Astral Media for an estimated $3.38 billion. However, the proposed deal was rejected by the CRTC.[1][2] On March 4, 2013, following consultation with the Competition Bureau, Bell announced that it would go through with the purchase, but divest MusiquePlus, Musimax, and four other Astral-owned channels.[3]

On December 4, 2013, Remstar, owners of the French television system V, announced that it would acquire MusiquePlus and MusiMax for an undisclosed amount.[4] On September 11, 2014, the CRTC approved the sale. The acquisition is valued at $15.5 million; to fund the purchase, Remstar sold 15% stakes in the holding company V Media Group to the Caisse, Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Investissement Québec, and sold $1.5 million in advertising time across MusiquePlus and MusiMax to Bell. Remstar also successfully applied to have the amount of music-oriented programming the channel must air reduced to 80%.[5][6] The sale was closed on September 16, 2014.[7]

Re-launch as Elle Fictions[edit]

In February 2019, V Media Group announced that MusiquePlus would be rebranded and relaunched later in the year, as a network featuring scripted programming catered towards a female audience. The company cited the successful relaunch of sister channel MusiMax as the general entertainment channel Max as a factor in the decision.[8]

In May 2019, it was announced that the channel's new name would be Elle Fictions, and that it would feature series and films targeting "active" young adult women. The branding is licensed from the French magazine Elle: the French-Canadian version of the magazine had previously been published by Remstar rival Groupe TVA, but it had been announced that the rights were being acquired by KO Media—owned by local personality Louis Morissette.[9][10]

Music and programming[edit]

In the beginning of MusiquePlus, its programming relied heavily on music videos which came from a much more diverse selection of genres because MusiquePlus was the only French language music service available at the time. With the launch of MusiMax, a sister channel aimed at an older demographic (and similar to MuchMusic's sister channel MuchMore), MusiquePlus began to cater its programming to younger viewers. As the channel grew over time, dependence on music videos decreased and programming began to include films, reality TV series and more.

Shows[edit]

MusiquePlus HD[edit]

On August 23, 2010 Astral launched a HD feed of MusiquePlus called MusiquePlus HD, although most of its content is 480i video upscaled to 1080i.[11] It is available on Cogeco, Vidéotron, Bell TV and Bell Fibe.

Noted VJs[edit]

Current[edit]

Past[edit]

International distribution[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sturgeon, Jamie. "ell snaps up Astral Media for $3.38-billion". Financial Post. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-574". CRTC. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  3. ^ BCE takeover of Astral OK’d by Competition Bureau[permanent dead link], The Montreal Gazette (via The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "Bell Media signs deal to sell MusiquePlus and MusiMax to V Media Group". Canadian Press. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  5. ^ Faguy, Steve (13 September 2014). "CRTC approves V's purchase of MusiquePlus/MusiMax". Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  6. ^ "MusiquePlus and MusiMax - Change in effective control and licence amendments". CRTC. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  7. ^ http://vtele.ca/v/communiques/groupe-v-media-acquiert-musiqueplus-et-musimax-et-annonce-l-arrivee-de-nouveaux-partenaires-financiers_459.php
  8. ^ Kelly, Brendan; February 15; 2019 (2019-02-15). "Death of MusiquePlus marks the end of an era". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  9. ^ "Pourquoi Louis Morissette a acheté « ELLE Québec »". La Presse+ (in French). 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  10. ^ "MusiquePlus to become Elle Fictions". Cartt.ca. May 14, 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.{{subscription required}
  11. ^ MusiquePlus et Musimax en HD, enfin! ‹See Tfd›(in French)

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