Euronews to launch Africanews
In 18 months time, Euronews will have a sister channel in Africa. In partnership with the national television channel of the Republic of the Congo, Euronews will bring to Africa its multi-lingual and multi-cultural news channel, broadcasting around the clock.
Starting with English and French, and then adding other languages widely-spoken on the continent, Africanews aims to become the first Pan-African rolling news channel. The headquarters will be in Brazzaville and regional offices will be set up across the continent.
Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews, commented: “Twenty years after the launch of Euronews, we are breaking new ground in the world of news. Since 1993, Euronews has covered global news from a European perspective, speaking to viewers in their language. The company’s multinational shareholder base gives the channel the independence and the means to inform viewers without promoting any particular viewpoint.”
Africanews will produce news content focused on Pan-African news, for its television channel and related products, both linear and non linear.
Starting with linear formats, offering TV broadcasts 24/7, live streaming of the channel on the internet, and then with live mobile applications and perhaps digital radio programmes.
The non-linear formats will start right away with the website http://www.africanews.com and then gradually move into specific mobile applications, following the latest trends in media consumption on the continent.