French news channel to broadcast around clock in Arabic
France 24 news channel will broadcast its Arabic service around the clock from next week, its chief executive Alain de Pouzilhac said on Sunday.
"For us at France 24, this will be a very important day, because 300 million people speak Arabic," de Pouzilhac said of Tuesday's launch of the expanded Arabic service.
"We have to speak Arabic if we want people to listen to us," he said.
"We want to present a French perspective," including "a diversity of opinion, as opposed to the view of Americans, who see the world as one."
Launched in 2006, France 24's Arabic channel grew from four hours a day in April 2007 to 10 hours a day two years later.
The new schedule will include a programme called "Live from Paris," which will "allow people to voice their opinions, even those that are politically incorrect," said Tatiana Masaad, a France 24 journalist.
Sixty Arabic-language journalists from around the Arab world will world will work for the Arabic cluster, headed by Nahida Nakad.
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