Today sees the official launch in Paris of the new pan-African channel Africa 24. Founded by Cameroon-born Constant Nemale, the channel aims to reach Africans around the world.
Africa 24 is an international news channel, owned by Afrimedia, which “aims to present the true dynamic and evolving face of the African continent.” With bureaus in a number of African countries, and with 45 employees from 18 countries, programming is compiled and played out from a studio in Paris.
The French-language channel wants to compete with CNN, France 24 and the BBC. English language programming is planned for 2010, with Arabic to be added in 2011.
The channel has been available since last February on IPTV, cable and satellite in Europe, the Middle East and US. From today, Africa 24 is also available on the Canal Satellite Overseas DTH platform across the African continent.