Euronews to launch Africanews, the first pan-African news outlet

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Euronews to launch Africanews, the first pan-African news outlet

<p><em>Picture: Michael Peters, <span class="caps">CEO</span> of Euronews, and Jean Obambi, Managing Director of Télé Congo</em></p> <p>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.</p> <p>The new channel will be called Africanews and be based in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville with regional offices to be opened across Africa.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 <span class="caps">CEO</span> Michael Peters said: </p> <p>“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.</p> <p>“As soon as the channel begins broadcasting, flagship programmes and special reports will help give Africanews its truly African identity.”</p>