RecapAugust 22, 2006 at 10:48 am | Posted in France 24, General Information, Geography, Languages | 5 Comments
What do we know so far about France 24? Here is a quick recap on the new international news channel.
France 24 will be broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
During the first phase of the launch, France 24 will be available in France, Europe (West and East), North Africa, Africa, Middle-East, and in the New York state and Washington D.C. in the United States. In New York, France 24 will target the United Nations and its diplomats. In Washington D.C., in addition to the American leaders, it will also target the International Monetary Fund.
In the second phase, France 24 will be launched in the rest of the American continent (North and South) as well as in Asia.
France 24 targets the leaders of these countries, “the decision makers,” as Alain de Pouzilhac, chairman of the board of director explained during a hearing at the French commission of cultural affairs of the house of representatives.
France 24 will be broadcast in numeric over cable and the Internet.
At the start, the network will have two channels: one in French and the other one in English. In 2007, France 24 will add four hours of Arabic programming to the English channel. It is hoping to add Spanish programming in 2008 or more likely in 2009.
Journalists will be bilingual. They will all speak French and one of the other languages used by France 24: English, Arabic or Spanish (in 2008/2009). Therefore, and since the content on the two channels must be the same, one journalist will be responsible of translating his or her reports in the two main languages used.
France 24 will be available in some hotels where it is broadcast. According to Alain de Pouzilhac, France 24 is already negotiating with large hotel companies to ensure access to their visitors. The network is also hoping to reach airports and some specific airlines.
In North Africa, 90 percent of the audience will be able to view France 24 for free. In other parts of the world, where access to satellites is not free, France 24 will sign partnerships to ensure that it is received.