France 24

France 24
France 24
FRANCE 24 logo.svg
Launched 6 December 2006
Network Société de l'audiovisuel extérieur de la France
Owned by France Télévisions
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Country France
Language French, English, Arabic
Formerly called Chaîne Française d'Information Internationale (before July 2006)
Digital, in Italy In selected areas (French).
Saorview TG4 (02:00 – 07:00)
WYBE (Philadelphia, Pennslyvania) Channel 35.3
Dish Network Channel 660 (French)
Freesat Channel 205 (English)
Sky Channel 513 (English)
Sky Italia Channel 521 (English)
Channel 538 (French)
TV Vlaanderen Digitaal Channel 55 (English)
Channel 56 (French)
ZON TVCabo Channel 208 (English)
Channel 209 (French)
Yes Channel 104
Cablecom Channel 114
Channel 309 (digital CH-D)
KDG Channel 836 (French)
Channel 849 (English)
MC Cable Channel 88 (French), Channel 236 (English), Channel 321 (Arabic)
Naxoo Channel 65 (French)
Channel 227 (English)
UPC Romania Channel 423 (digital with DVR)
Channel 143 (digital)
ZON TVCabo Channel 208 (English)
Channel 209 (French)
Teledünya Channel 74 (English)
Channel 75 (French)
Hot Channel 70 (English)
Channel 143 (French)
Alice Home TV Channels 538 and 871 (French)
Channel 590 (English)
TV di FASTWEB Channel 89 (French)
Now TV Channel 327 (English)
Channel 715 (French)
HKBN bbTV Channel 737 (English)
Internet television
Live Webcast English, French, Arabic (Free)
Livestation English, French, Arabic (Free, 502 Kbit/s)

France 24 (pronounced France vingt-quatre [fʁɑ̃s vɛ̃tkatʁ] on all three editions) is an international news and current affairs television channel. The service is aimed at the overseas market, similar to BBC World News, DW-TV, NHK World and RT, and broadcast through satellite and cable operators throughout the world. During 2010 the channel started broadcasting through its own iPhone app. It started broadcasting on 6 December 2006.

Funded by the French government and based in Issy-les-Moulineaux,[1] near Paris, the channel broadcasts world news. Currently it offers variants in English and Arabic in addition to French.

It is run by a partnership between Groupe TF1 and France Télévisions (including France 2 and France 3), with some programmes sourced from Agence France-Presse, Radio France Internationale, TV5MONDE, Arte, Euronews, and La Chaîne parlementaire. It is funded by France with an annual budget of approximately €80 million.[2]

President Nicolas Sarkozy announced on 8 January 2008 that he was in favour of reducing France 24's programming to French only.[3]



The News title as of 9 January 2011

France 24 is broadcast on three channels: in French, in English, and in Arabic.[4]

France 24's programming is divided more or less equally between news coverage and news magazines or special reports.

Along with 260 journalists of its own, France 24 can call on the resources of the two main French broadcasters (Groupe TF1 and France Télévisions) as well as partners such as AFP and RFI. The CEO of France 24 is Alain de Pouzilhac. From the 19 May 2010, FRANCE 24 unveiled a new schedule that prioritizes the morning and evening slots, anchored live by the network’s editorial staff. More programming space than ever before goes to business, sport, culture and studio discussion.


Channel inception

The media's perception was that the channel was a brainchild of former president Jacques Chirac, famous for defending the position of the French language in the world, specifically versus the English domination in this media category.[5]

Long-term goals

France 24 intends to present a view of the news different from that of the Anglophone leading international news channels BBC World News and CNN International. France 24 wants to put more emphasis on debate, dialogue and the role of cultural difference. It will also be competing with Deutsche Welle television service, Al Jazeera English, RT and NHK World news channels. The Arabic programming competes with Al Jazeera's and Rusiya Al-Yaum's Arabic channels.

The French government allocated around €100 million for the project. The European Commission gave the green light to France 24 in June 2006, saying it did not breach European Union state aid rules.

Shows and presenters


  • Beyond Business
  • Business Matters – hosted by Stéphane Marchand, Pierre Briançon
  • Culture
  • Culture Critique – hosted by Augustin Trapenard on literature, Amobe Mevegue on music, Sean Rose on exhibitions, Lisa Nesselson on cinema and Stephen Clarke
  • Debate – hosted by Antoine Picard
  • Environment – hosted by Eve Irvine
  • Europe District – Christophe Robeet
  • Fashion
  • Focus
  • Health – hosted by Eve Irvine
  • In The Papers – hosted by James Creedon
  • Lifestyle
  • Politics
  • Reporters – hosted by Laura Baines
  • Talking Europe
  • Talking Points
  • Technophile – hosted by François Picard
  • The Business Interview – hosted by Raphael Kahane
  • The F24 Interview
  • The Observers – hosted by Derek Thomson
  • This Week in Africa – hosted by Jessica Le Masurier
  • This Week in Asia – hosted by Claire Pryde
  • This Week in Europe – hosted by Rebecca Bowring
  • This Week in France – hosted by Nadia Charbit
  • This Week in the Americas – hosted by Annette Young
  • This Week in the Maghreb – hosted by Georja Calvin Smith
  • This Week in the Middle East – hosted by Lanah Kammourieh
  • The World This Week
  • Top Story
  • Web News


Inaugural News presenter, François Picard
The News title 2006–2011

France 24 is available by satellite to most of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as by cable and antenna to New York, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. In the United States of America, Canada, Central and South America, France 24 is represented by the American telecommunication company New Line Television, headquartered in Miami, Florida. As of August 2010, the network also became available to subscribers to the satellite television Dish Network.[6]

The French, English and Arabic channels are all available live on the France 24 website, broadcast en direct (live) in Adobe Flash Video format. On 1 April 2007, the Irish terrestrial channel TG4 began carrying retransmissions of France 24 overnight. Previously, it had retransmitted Euronews. France 24 is Also Available on Livestation.

In 2007, France 24 started a VOD service on Virgin Media, allowing customers to access weekly news updates and programmes to watch when they choose.[citation needed] A free application means that France 24 is also available live and VOD on mobile phones throughout the world. An official App for the iPhone has also been released.

In October 2009, France24 Relaunched its website, with a complete video archive, as well as video on-demand service where you can watch any of the three channels with the ability to replay the past 24 hours of programming. On 2010-03-01, France 24 released live streaming with experimental automatic transcription, in association with Yacast Media, the search engine Exalead, Vocapia Research, and Microsoft.[7]

On 2010-03-02 Iran blocked the news website of this French broadcaster.[8]

On 2011-01-09, France 24's English and French channels officially switched to 16x9 widescreen at 02:00 Paris Time, the Arabic channel switched to widescreen later that day at 06:00 Paris Time. To coincide with the new format, graphics were modified to fit the new format. The studio design was not altered. The Video player at was also amended to accommodate the new format.[9]

In New Zealand, the channels are available via Sky Network Television on channel 100 (English) and 101 (French).


External links

Launch coverage

See also

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