Flèche TV (meaning Arrow TV) is an American French-language broadcast television network that is owned by Arrow Television Entertainment. The network primarily features programs, the vast majority of which are produced by the network itself, aimed at French-American audiences.
Flèche TV's programming, production and advertising operations are headquartered in Lewiston, Maine. The network's operations are overseen by Swiss-born Jean Vuillermoz, the co-founder and president of Arrow Television Entertainment. The network is available in many media markets via low-power and some full-power over-the-air broadcast television stations, and on select cable television providers through either a local broadcast affiliate or the network's default national feed.
Flèche TV's history can be traced back to 1997, when Jean Vuillermoz, a Swiss French businessman, and Andy Clibburn, founder of the anime licensing company Gotaku, founded Arrow Television Entertainment and launched WARW-TV in Lewiston, Maine. The station, at first, mostly ran French language programs – originally consisting largely of French-dubbed American television series such as The A Team and Small Wonder and French-dubbed versions of British TV series from Channel 4 and the BBC such as Father Ted, Top Gear, and KYTV. The channel also ran a Saturday morning block of French-dubbed Japanese anime which included series such as Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, and Saint Seiya.
From 2001-2003, the channel carried French-dubbed PBS programming, however the agreement with PBS was later terminated after PBS affiliate owner WGBH Educational Foundation launched Moi in association with Société Radio-Canada, AB Groupe, and American Public Television. The same year, it premiered the variety show Le monde de Geoffrey et Matthias, hosted by the French father-son duo Geoffrey and Matthias Duverger.