March 25, 2007
The biggest complaint against France 24’s content has been that there have been few live reports by corespondents. In thier place the network usually ran stock footage with a voiceover.
No more. France 24 now averages 2 live linkups per 10 minute news segment.
March 24, 2007
On the same day United Nations sanctions against Iran were passed at the UN Security Council, France 24 interviewed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the current nuclear impasse. The timing of the interview assured that France 24 got a mention in many of the lead stories accross the US. Good to see France 24 getting such high-profile guests.
March 23, 2007
France 24 has released another great poll, this time measuring European attitudes at the 50th anniversry of the EU. In a wise mov, the poll was done in partnership with the Psris-based International Herald Tribune, one of the world’s most influential international newspapers.
-Most Europeans think Turkey’s entry in to the EU is inevitable.
-Most Europeans think that English will be the continent’s primary language by 2050.
-Europeans are incredibly optimistic about renewable energy.
-Europeans believe that Christianity will remain the majority religion of Europe in 2050.
March 23, 2007
After three months on the air, in international news media is becoming less skeptical of France 24’s chances for survival. Paris based International Herald Tribune has an article up praising France 24’s quality and pondering its future in a post-Chirac era.
March 22, 2007
France 24 has anounced that its Arabic language programming will launch April 2. It will be available free-to-air on Middle Eastern satalite services reaching over 25 million people.