CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

Africa: Euronews Launches Multilingual Africanews Channel

The European news and current affairs channel EuroNews has launched an African multilingual and continent wide rolling news channel dubbed AfricaNews that will be based in the republic of Congo capital Brazzaville.

The channel will also be opening regional headquarters across Africa once it starts broadcasting in the summer of 2015 with an initial staff of 40 journalists giving news a sub-Saharan angle.

The channel will broadcast news in French and English as well as other major languages in Africa such as Arabic, Portuguese and Swahili.

Africanews will also be providing round the clock television broadcasts, live streaming on the internet as well as a news web portal and mobile apps to help access the news online.

According to EuroNews CEO Michael Peters the channel will adhere to the same charter as EuroNews and will have its independence guaranteed.

"Our strategic and highly ambitious project will not be a mere African "window" made by Euronews, as most international news channels do, but rather a full-fledged Pan-African network, with editorial choices made by Africans for an African audience," Peters says. "As soon as the channel begins broadcasting, flagship programmes and special reports will help give Africanews its truly African identity."

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