France 24 to launch Arabic broadcasts on 2 April
Monday, March 19th, 2007
France24, the French international news channel, will launch its Arabic broadcasts on 2 April. This was reported by Télésatellite. The Arabic version will initially broadcast 4 hours a day from 16 till 20 hrs CET (1400-1800 UTC). The rest of the day the French or English edition will be broadcast. Currently the French edition of France24 is available 24 hours a day, while the English version broadcasts 20 hours per day, the rest of the time in French.
All France24 versions are broadcast on the Astra1 and Hotbird satellites. France24 has hired 22 Arabic speaking journalists to produce the Arabic version. The website of France24 has been available in three languages (French, English and Arabic) since its launch in December last year. France24 plans also to launch a Spanish speaking edition in the near future.
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