France's TV rival to BBC, CNN baptised 'France 24'

3rd July 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 3, 2006 (AFP) - France's soon-to-be-launched international news television channel has been named "France 24," a broadcast trade magazine, Satellifax, reported Monday.

PARIS, July 3, 2006 (AFP) - France's soon-to-be-launched international news television channel has been named "France 24," a broadcast trade magazine, Satellifax, reported Monday.

The new name decided by the channel's board replaces the temporary one that has been used up to now: the French International News Network (CFII in its French initials).

France 24 — or simply F24 — is to begin transmitting in French and English from December 1, the newest entrant to an increasingly crowded field of all-news channels broadcasting to the world.

A pet project of President Jacques Chirac, the channel sees itself as a smaller rival to the United States' CNN and Britain's BBC World and intends to present events as seen from "a French perspective."

Russia this month launched a similar, state-run channel in English called Vesti-24 (News-24 in Russian), while the Arabic television service Al-Jazeera is poised to start its English-language Al-Jazeera International in the coming weeks.

France 24 is a hybrid setup in which France's state-run France Televisions and the top national commercial network TF1 are equal partners.

It is to broadcast via satellite in French and English to Europe, Africa the Middle East and possibly part of North America, and prepare later expansion into Asia and South America.

Chirac has said the channel would place France "at the forefront of the global battle of images."

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Subject: French News

 

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