France 24 turns five

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly ©RapidTVNews | 07-12-2011

French international news channel has celebrated its fifth birthday.

Fully affiliated to holding company Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France, the channel has a €112 million budget and broadcasts in three languages: French, English and Arabic. It claims 30 million viewers each week into 200 million households and its website is said to attract 6 million unique visitors on average each month. In addition 102 million videos have been screened on YouTube.
Though much appreciated across the Arabic countries and in Africa, the channel’s image has suffered in France in 2011 due to in-house turmoil linked to a conflict between CEO Alain de Pouzilhac and former General Manager Christine Ockrent, the wife of the former French Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Now things have settled down, the next objective for AEF is to succeed the administrative merger of France 24, and radio stations Monte-Carlo Doulayia and RFI.