France 24 to offer Spanish version
February 26, 2016
From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris
French international news channel France 24 will launch a Spanish language version in 2017, French President Francois Hollande announced during his State visit to Argentina.
Already broadcast in French, English and Arabic, the Spanish feed will specifically target viewers in Latin America. At launch, it will offer six hours daily in Spanish, with additional content in French. The editorial line will tend to bring a French eye on international issues and regional topics.
The channel will have a dedicated team based in Latin America and working closely with another based in Paris. It will be broadcast on platforms that already carry France 24 French and English feeds.
This launch of a new language version is the result of the strategy set up by Marie-Christine Saragosse, the CEO of France Medias Monde, to enable France 24 to broadcast in a language spoken by the vast majority of the population of an entire continent (in Brazil, Spanish is the second language). Spanish is spoken by some 500 million people and is also one of the most used globally on the Internet and on social media.