Tue Dec 5th, 2006 at 05:34:07 PM EST
France launches 24/7 news channel By JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 41 minutes ago
PARIS - France goes head-to-head with CNN and the BBC from Wednesday with the launch of its state-funded 24/7 news channel, part of President Jacques Chirac's efforts to make his country's voice heard.
France 24 will broadcast two channels, one in French and the other mostly in English.
It will transmit to Europe, the Middle East and Africa via satellite, initially reaching an estimated 75 million households in more than 90 countries.
Programming on the French and English channels will be virtually identical, with 10-minute news bulletins every half-hour, and a selection of reports, talk shows and news magazines filling between-bulletin gaps.
more at : http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061205/ap_on_re_eu/france_news_a_la_francaise