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
France 24 has unveiled its official ads, promoting the launch of the new network on December 6.
The ads refer to France 24’s new point of view on the news. The French network intends to show more than the “tip of the iceberg” going beyond the news.
Three ads are currently circulating, one looking at Darfur, another one touching on the nuclear questions surrounding the Iranian and North Korean states, and the last one showing the influence of Hezbollah in Lebanon.
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.
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.
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.
France 24 received the green light from the French Direction générale de la Consommation, de la Concurrence et de la Répression des Fraudes (DGCCRF) to broadcast ads around the world as well as in France. However, France 24 is required to broadcast only transnational ads (à la CNN). The decision is set to reassure French national news channels, which feared a drop in ad revenues after the launch of France 24.
While the main goal of this website is to bring the latest news about France 24, the blog will slowly change once the French international news network is launched. This blog will analyse the coverage of world events by France 24, and compare it against coverage by CNN International, the BBC News 24, Sky News (in the U.K.), Fox News (in the U.S.) and ultimately Al-Jazeera International.
These analyses will focus on the choices made in coverage, as well as images, vocabulary and placement. Analyses will come with screen captures and video clips when necessary or possible.
If you have suggestions or comments, do not hesitate.