With an editorial staff based in the Colombian capital, the new channel’s team comprises 35 journalists, ten correspondents and a palette of nationalities (Colombian, Argentinian, Spanish, French and English). France 24 in Spanish will be headed by Alvaro Sierra.
With a €7.3 million budget for 2018, the channel will air six hours of programming every day split between morning and evening broadcasts, blending 15-minute news bulletins with Spanish-language versions of France 24’s flagship shows.
Bringing a fourth language to France 24’s stable of television news channels after French, English and Arabic, the new Spanish-language network will broadcast to 6.5 million homes across ten countries in Latin and South America and aims, according to France 24 chief Marc Saikali, “to build bridges at a time when others are building walls”.
In a related development, Intelsat and Globecast said they will continue distribution of two France 24 channels and also broadcast the new Spanish speaking HD channel via Intelsat 21.