CNC World to extend coverage from 1 Jan 2011
December 15th, 2010 - 11:18 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

CNC World, the English-language channel of Xinhua News Agency’s TV arm, CNC, will reach cable television audiences in Africa from 1 January, 2011, according to an agreement signed on Friday between CNC and South Africa-based MIH Group. The English-language channel of China Xinhua News Network Corporation (CNC) will be available to 4 million African families through MIH’s cable network.

On Thursday, Xinhua signed an agreement with Eutelsat Communications to extend the coverage of CNC to all of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa from 1 January, 2011, through Eutelsat Communications’ Eurobird, Hotbird and W7 satellites.

CNC World broadcasts English news programmes 24 hours a day and covers breaking news and major political, economic and cultural news from around the world. Launched in 2009, CNC has developed into a television network with satellite services in the Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe and Africa.

It is also expanding its cable television and new media services and provides news programmes to about 300 domestic and overseas television organizations.