While France 24 says it will draw part of its report from its two shareholders: TF1 and France Televisions, the latter is not so sure.
France 2’s union of journalists is asking for clarifications over the use of its images and reports by the new international news network, Le Monde reports.
The union is asking for negotiations on the use of its foreign bureaus by France 24, as well as on rules of exclusivity. Journalists working for France 2 are afraid that a scoop uncovered by the public network could be used first by France 24.
Until these points are clarified, the union of journalists is opposing the use by France 24 of any of France 2’s reports. “France 2 cannot lose its and be mistaken with TF1,” Bernard Lebrun, ex-member of the union, told Le Monde. TF1 is one of France’s private network and France 2’s direct competitor.
France 24 unveiled its logo today during a press event to welcome the recruited journalists to the network’s offices.
France 24 is announcing the selection of three Eutelsat satellites to broadcast the new French international news channel across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to a network’s spokesperson.
The three satellites are HOT BIRD 7A, ATLANTIC BIRD 2 and EUROBIRD 1. Through HOT BIRD 7A, France 24 will be able to reach up to 80 per cent of cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
The channel will be available free in selected countries or as part of a package if received through the electronic programme guides of pay-TV platforms broadcasting from the HOT BIRD(TM) position. ATLANTIC BIRD 2 will allow France 24 to be received in Germany, and EUROBIRD 1 will ensure the broadcast of France 24 in the U.K. and Ireland, thanks to the London-based firm GlobeCast.
With this selection of satellites, France 24 expects to reach 45 millions homes equipped with a satellite dish and 70 million homes equipped with cable television.
Thanks to Craig McGinty at This French Life for sending me this news item.