Africanews has launched on Monday, January 4, at 18.00 from Congo Brazzaville. The launch was confirmed at last year’s DISCOP in Johannesburg
Africanews claims to be the first independent pan-African news media, and is initially available through its digital community; website, YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter and its interactive app, Story Hunters. The news coverage will be immediately available on africanews.com and, in a few weeks, the TV channel will start broadcasting across the major distribution networks.
Africanews provides news not just on Africa, but also on the rest of the world, from a purely African perspective. At the broadcaster’s offices in Pointe Noire, 85 media professionals, of 15 different nationalities from all over sub-Saharan Africa, work under the direction of Mame Campbell Touré, bureau chief, Isaac Khaguli Esipisu, editor-in-chief, and François Chignac, director of editorial Ddvelopment. An extensive network of correspondents in every African country rounds out the team.
“This is a milestone in the history of our Group. It all began with the recognition that the rising African continent is an incredible source of news and that there is a great pool of talent that lacks a quality media environment,” stated Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews and Africanews.
“I want to thank all of the people at Africanews and Euronews who have been working together for months to prepare the launch of this new media whose mission is to ensure the independence and diversity of the news, as a founding principle of Africanews. Africanews is the first organisation to provide news from a pan-African point of view and it will spotlight all the talents of Africa.”