The official France 24 website has received 2.5 million visits in December 2006.
The ratings, published by Nielsen, put France 24 behind CNN and the BBC, but in front of Al-Jazeera. CNN received 26 million visits over the same period, and the BBC had 13.6 million visitors.
France 24 is also the most visited International news network website in France, third in the UK and Germany, and fourth in the US.
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.
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.
Al-Jazeera English, the English version of the international news network al-Jazeera, has launched yesterday. Available on cable in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, the new network is expected to be a major France 24 competitor. Both networks are expected to bring a different point of view on the news to offset the American and British leadership from CNN, Fox News and the BBC.
To analyze the new network, I started another weblog: http://aljazeera.wordpress.com.
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.
France 24, the French international news channel, is set to unveil its new website in three languages, when it comes online later this year. The three languages are French, English and Arabic.
The website will add to the content already available on the network and will also allow for public participation through message boards and blogs.
Using these boards, web users will be able to start debates and exchange ideas with the network. These comments could be used on some of France 24’s shows.
The website’s address is http://www.france24.com.
A week ago, exactly, Eric Schahl at Elex Conseil registered the domain name http://www.france24.com. Elex Conseil is part of Inlex Conseil, a Paris-based company specializing in the creation and safekeeping of corporate brand names.
The registration, according to whois.net, was for the organization France 24 based at 9 rue Maurice Mallet in Issy les Moulineaux (zipcode: 92130). This particular address is also used by some of TF1’s production companies. France 24 is a joint venture between the private French network TF1 and the public television company France Televisions.
The website in itself has one picture of the planet with the French words: “France 24, the international news channel, coming soon online.”
Alain de Pouzilhac, France 24’s CEO, reportely said that the website would be officially launched a few days before the launch of the network. As a reminder, France 24 is expected to go live in the last week of November or the first week of December.