Picture: Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews, and Jean Obambi, Managing Director of Télé Congo
Africa is to get its first multi-lingual, continent-wide rolling news channel after a cooperation agreement was signed by Euronews and the Republic of Congo’s state television on Monday.
The new channel will be called Africanews and be based in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville with regional offices to be opened across Africa.
Euronews’ sister channel, Africanews will start broadcasting in the summer of 2015 with an initial staff of around 40 journalists covering news from a sub-Saharan angle. At launch it will broadcast round-the-clock news in English and French, with other major languages of the African continent such as Arabic, Portuguese and Swahili set to follow. It will provide round-the-clock television broadcasts and live streaming of the channel on the Internet. There will also be a news website and specific mobile applications will be launched later.
From an editorial point of view, Africanews will adhere to the same charter as Euronews, thus guaranteeing its independence. The two sister-channels will share the content they produce and adapt it to their respective audiences. At Monday’s signing in Brazzaville, Euronews CEO Michael Peters said:
“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.
“As soon as the channel begins broadcasting, flagship programmes and special reports will help give Africanews its truly African identity.”