What can I watch on France 24?

August 18, 2006 at 9:17 am | Posted in France 24, Programming | 3 Comments

What can you expect to see on France 24 when it starts airing in December 2006? From the various media reports and testimonies in front of commission, the France 24 blog tries to answer the question.

France 24, obviously, will cover national and international news, but it will also focus on subjects such as culture, sport, weather and business. France 24 will offer a vision of the French culture and “art de vivre.” However, programming will not be limited to the French view, France 24 will also show reports and documentaries about other cultures and countries.

France 24 will employ 170 journalists from all European countries, coming from companies such as France Televisions, TF1 and the BBC, according to Ulysse Gosset, the former managing director in charge of news and programming.

France 24’s newscasts will be broadcast every hour and last for around ten minutes. Debates will also take a predominant role on the network. France 24 wants to promote the French confrontational debate style already used by networks within France.

As for the shows, or “magazines” as they are called in France, the new international news channel will use partnerships with French companies to buy their shows. For example, France 24 could buy reports from the show “Envoyé Spécial,” the French equivalent of BBC’s “Panorama” or CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

France 24 will produce one third of its images, the rest will be acquired through partnerships with its main shareholders: TF1 and France Televisions, as well as other French international networks: TV5 Monde, Agence France Presse (AFP), Radio France Internationale (RFI) and Radio France Outre-Mer (RFO).

For example, France 24 is negotiating with Radio France Internationale (RFI), which might produce the international network’s African newscasts. Such newscasts can already be seen on TV5 Monde. Gosset also expects to see deals with Radio France Outre-Mer (RFO).

The network will also use existing foreign bureaus set up and already used by TF1 or France Televisions. Furthermore, France 24 will enter in a close relationship with the video service of the AFP. “We are experimenting a network of ‘news corners’ with the AFP ,” says Gosset explaining that cameras and video editing tools will be installed in some of AFP’s bureaus for the broadcast of live reports from its correspondents.

As we get closer to the launch date, you can be sure to be kept informed of the latest details on France 24’s programming.

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