France 24 in France?

August 14, 2006 at 7:42 pm | Posted in France, France 24 | Leave a comment

France 24 will be available in France through cable and satellite. Alain de Pouzilhac, the network’s chairman who spoke in from of the House of Representatives’ commission on cultural affairs, expects that 80 percent of the audience will use these means to access the network. The additional 20 percent will watch France 24 over the Internet using broadband.

The network will not be broadcast over the TNT, a new free numeric service (the equivalent of Freeview in the United Kingdom). 

The French televised landscape is dominated by two news networks: LCI, owned by TF1, and I>Télé, owned by Canal Plus, a private network company (a sort of French HBO).

France 24 will enter in competition with these two networks. However, Ulysse Gosset, the former managing director in charge of news and programming, tried to reassure the networks by stating that France 24’s programming will be quite different. France 24 will focus more on international news and bring a different view of countries around the world.

More on France 24’s programming will come in the next few days.

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