Time magizine, the largest American newsweekly, has an article up on France 24.
The interesting bit is the speculation on what the upcoming French election will mean for France 24’s funding. The newschanel is President Chirac’s baby, and between Sarkozy on the right and Royal on the left, Chirac has no natural heir to his cultural hypernationalism and the expenisve France 24 will have no gauranteed allies in the new government no matter what the outcome of the election.
Considering the current fiscal troubles of the French state and the absurdity of funding two international channels, something has to give.
The question is will France 24 survive?
The implication of the author is that France 24 has precious little time to prove its worth.
A network that broadcasts in English from France with a special focus on Africa and the Middle East is bound to have lots of voice-over translating to do.
But someone forgot to tell France 24 that when you do a voice over you have to turn down the volume on the original language.
Please. Turn down the volume.