France 24’s initial launch on the Internet has been successful. The French international news network launched three live feeds in English, French and Arabic.
Access to all three feeds has been easy, at a time when thousands of curious were expected to follow the launch of France 24 online. No delay in the live stream has been reported so far.
Ahead of the launch tonight (on the Internet) and tomorrow (on cable and satellite), here is what you can expect to see on France 24 every day. Note that the times are for Paris (subtract one hour if you are in London, six if you are in New York). These times are also first broadcast times, meaning that the shows are likely to be repeated during the days at regular times.
France 24 will be organized around two prime-time slots: one in the morning from 6 to 9 a.m. and another one in the evening from 7 to 11 p.m. (Paris time). The prime-time in the mornings are anchored by Antoine Cormery in French and Mark Owen in English. In the evening prime-time Sylvain Attal (FR) takes over, and Andrea Sanke for the English version.
Every hour, on the hour, a 10-minute news program is expected to be presented live. This program will be repeated every half-hour (with updates if necessary). During the prime-time hours, headlines will be read every 15 minutes.
The weather will follow every newscast, so every half-hour.
MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS
6.20 a.m.: Sport news. Handled by Eurosport.
6.25 a.m.: Zooming. The show takes a different look at a particular issue.
6.40 a.m.: Web News.
7.15 a.m.: Three-minute report on the world’s media and newspapers.
7.20 a.m.: Business news with Stéphanie Antoine (for the French version) and Raphaël Kahane (for the English version). Repeated at 10.00 a.m.
8.20 a.m.: Top story of the day by Gautier Rybinsky (FR) and Robert Parsons (EN).
8.25 a.m.: Lifestyle News.
9.20 a.m.: Cultural news from around the world presented both in French and English by Elizabeth Tchoungui.
10.40 a.m.: Interview of the day presented in French by Sylvain Attal, and in English by Andrea Sanke.
12.15 p.m.: Face-Off. Every day, two journalists from the international press debate the day’s top story. The French debate is presented by Caroline de Camaret, while Mark Owen moderates the English version.
12.45 p.m.: Personalities. Latest news on Hollywood, fashion, etc.
7.15 p.m.: France 24 Debate (test video available here) with two to three guests. Presented in French by Sylvain Attal, and in English by Andrea Sanke. (No debates on Fridays).
10.15 a.m.: Environment news.
5.10 p.m.: Political magazine presented by Roselyne Febvre (only in French).
10.15 a.m.: Health News.
10.15 a.m.: Scientific news program.
10.15 a.m.: Economic Intelligence. Debate on a very competitive issue. Presented by Ali Laïdi. (Every other week).
10.15 a.m.: Caring. Report following humanitarian aid workers. (Every other week).
7 p.m.: A one hour show called “The Talk of Paris” presented by Ulysse Gosset. The program is interactive, allowing viewers to send questions and comments to the guests live.
6.40 a.m.: Opinions. A quick point of view from an intellectual on the week’s events.
7.40 a.m.: Reporters. International news reports on the ground.
MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS
6.40 a.m.: The Week In… which looks at the latest news around the world. Mondays are for Europe. Tuesdays for France, Wednesdays for the Americas, Thursdays for Africa, Fridays for the Middle-East and Saturdays for Asia.
The bloggers at Memoire Vive.org have the first video from France 24. The blog is maintained by Natacha Quester-Séméon and Sacha Quester-Séméo, who use videos to report on French politics and other subjects. Natacha was invited by France 24 to talk about the importance of blogs in the news gathering process in one of the new network shows.
The video is in French, lasts 16 minutes. It gives a good impression on what you can expect to see on France 24 starting this evening and tomorrow. http://www.memoire-vive.org/archives/001258.php
Tomorrow, Wednesday 6 December at 8.29 p.m. (Paris time, 7.29 p.m. in the UK and 2.29 p.m. in New York), France 24 will start streaming its live feed from his official website http://www.france24.com.
The launch is expected to start with the words: “Welcome to France 24, the French International news network. Now, the news…”
In its first hours, France 24 will broadcast a short interview with French president Jacques Chirac. Chirac is at the origin of the network, having revived a 20-year-old project in 2003 during the Iraqi crisis at the United Nations.
The interview is supposed to take place at la Concorde, a Parisian square located at the bottom of the Champs-Elysées and a few meters away from the American embassy.
On that night, the network will also show a best-of of what is to come on France 24.
The next day at 8.30 p.m. (still Paris time) France 24 will launch on cable and satellite, reaching an estimated 80 million viewers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Washington D.C. and New York. France 24 should also be available in hotel rooms across the globe.
France 24 will debut one day earlier than usually planned. The broadcast version of the French international news channel is slated to start on December 7 at 8.20pm, instead of December 8.
France 24 will also be available online in streaming video from December 6 at 8.20pm.
France 24 has started broadcasting images on a selection of satellites as a test. The 2.40 minutes video is available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crbKWgy8p2I
It’s now official: France 24 will start broadcasting its programs on the Internet on December 6, 8:20 pm (Paris time). The network’s official website address is http://www.france24.com
Thirty six hours later, on December 8, the network will be available over cable and satellites in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
France 24 did not release any details concerning the programming at time of launch.
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.
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.