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CityTV's Q Files Announces Expansion
Achieves International Distribution, Teams up with US PlanetOut for Webcasts
ONLINE:  MONDAY JANUARY 24, 4:14 PM EST (GMT-5).
UPDATED:  MONDAY JANUARY 24, 8:39 PM EST (GMT-5) (below).
UPDATED:  TUESDAY JANUARY 25, 2:21 PM EST (GMT-5) (below).
QT:  Queer Television

CityTV's weekly television production Q Files has reached an agreement to have the show expand internationally and be featured on the web as PlanetOut TV, according to a Business Wire report today.

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"In 1998, Citytv became the first commercial TV station in North America to launch a regularly scheduled program about gay, lesbian and transgender cultures.  In 2000, we not only remain the sole commercial broadcaster to do so, but we're proudly taking the program to a higher level of production and distribution in association with PlanetOut,'' said Executive Producer Moses Znaimer.

Beginning March 5th, CityTV will provide episodes of Q Files, to be renamed QT - Queer Television, to PlanetOut.  To be known there as PlanetOut TV, it will be a weekly half-hour magazine of news, interviews and feature stories from around the world.

"We're pleased to be partnering with a creative force as cutting-edge as CityTV," said PlanetOut CEO Megan Smith.  Features on the broadcast will include profiles, investigative features, travel, dining, health, arts, entertainment and more.  It will be a part of PlanetOut's Broadcasting channel where viewers can participate in discussion, polls, and chat as well as view archived episodes.  QT - Queer Television's producer, Toronto's Irshad Manji, will be available for a live chat once a week.

The show will continue to be seen on CityTV in Canada where available.


UPDATED:  MONDAY JANUARY 24, 8:39 PM EST (GMT-5).

IN a similar announcement today, gay.com stated that it has teamed up with producers of the American television weekly In the Life to provide audio and video highlights of that show's most recent episode beginning in February.


UPDATED:  TUESDAY JANUARY 25, 2:21 PM EST (GMT-5).

YES, CityTV's Q Files, now known as QT - Queer Television, is coming to Ottawa!

Senior producer Irshad Manji told gayottawanow.com today that the series will begin Sunday March 5th at midnight on CityTV.  QT will also be aired in Ottawa similarly on Mondays at 11:35 PM.  The show will continue to be available in Toronto on City as well as CP 24.  Further Canadian television expansion is possible, Ms. Manji said, on other CHUM parent company stations such as (Canadian) Learning or StarTV in the future, as well as on digital ones.

I want to emphasize that the best story ideas come from viewers.
- Senior Producer Irshad Manji
 
 
International syndication of QT - Queer Television is also possible in the future.  "We need to display several shows," explained the senior producer, however, before such sales can be made.

Ottawa content is already being considered for the new series.  "The pioneering hate crimes unit" of the Ottawa-Carleton Police Service, said Ms. Manji, is a possible feature, and she conveyed that discussions have been held with David Pepper of that organization.  In a demonstration of the show valuing diversity itself, a lesbian woman who runs a dog grooming business locally is apparently being looked at with a view to featuring her discuss why dykes should love their dogs as well as cats!

"I want to emphasize that the best story ideas come from viewers," stated Ms. Manji.  Suggestions for QT - Queer Television features are strongly encouraged by her, as long as people understand that no promises can be made when considering or looking into the suggestions regarding them making it on the show.

Interested parties may contact QT - Queer Television's producers at feedback@qtonline.com. More information is available at www.qtonline.com.