France Info (TV channel)

France Info (pronounced [fʁɑ̃s ɛ̃.fo]; stylized as franceinfo:) is a French domestic rolling news channel which started broadcasting on 31 August 2016 at 6:00 p.m. on the Web.[1] TV broadcasting began on 1 September 2016 at 8:00 p.m. on most TV operators (Bouygues Telecom, Orange, SFR, Numericable...), and on the TNT (Digital Terrestrial Television). As for TNT Sat and Canalsat, it began on 6 September.[2][3]

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Launched1 September 2016 (2016-09-01) at 8:00 p.m
Owned byFrance Télévisions
Radio France
France Médias Monde
Institut national de l'audiovisuel
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share0.2% (October 2016 (2016-10), Médiamétrie)
Slogan"Et tout est plus clair."
(And everything gets clearer.)
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
Broadcast areaMetropolitan France and Worldwide
HeadquartersParis, France
Sister channel(s)France 2
France 3
France 4
France 5
France Ô
Outre-Mer 1ère
France 24
Websitewww.francetvinfo.fr
Availability
Terrestrial
TNT27
Satellite
CanalChannel 104 (HD)
Cable
Numericable50
Streaming media
TVhttps://www.francetvinfo.fr/en-direct/tv.html
Radiohttps://www.francetvinfo.fr/en-direct/radio.html

France Info involves France Télévisions, Radio France, France Médias Monde (with France 24) and the Institut national de l'audiovisuel (INA). It shares its name with a global news service which gathers the TV channel itself, the radio channel France Info and the website www.francetvinfo.fr. France Info broadcasts from 06:30 on weekdays and 06:00 on weekends until 00:00 and simulcasts France 24 overnight. France Info can be watched live on YouTube (with a 12-hour rewind availability) and web.

Background

After LCI, CNEWS and BFMTV (available on free national DTT), and France 24 (worldwide and in Île-de-France only), France Info is the fifth rolling news channel in France.

The goal of France Info is to distance itself from the competition by focusing heavily on straight news coverage, hoping to offer a higher-quality news service.

France Info is supported by France Télévisions, in particular France 2 and 3. The channel has 204 employees (176 at France Télévisions, 28 at Radio France), as well as 3,000 journalists distributed among the editorial teams of France 2, France 3 Régions, Réseau Outre-Mer première, Franceinfo, France Inter and France 24. Its total budget is 15 million euros for France Télévisions and 3.5 million euros for Radio France.

It includes the characteristic elements of rolling news channels (live bulletins, distinctive daypart-separated blocks) and debate and analysis programs. The sister radio station provides headline reminders three times each hour at :20, :40 and :50 past (four times an hour at :10, :20, :40 and :50 past between September 2016 and mid-January 2017), France 24 fills in the overnight programming (that would otherwise be filled in by continuous repeats of the day's last live newscast), and Ina offers magazines on "the news seen through a historical eye".

France Info thus becomes a global public-service news offering that brings together radio and television and makes use of the experience of the public service as a whole in terms of information.

This is the first major collaboration between public radio and television since 1975; at that time France Inter supplied the footage in the bulletins of the 3e chaîne couleur de l'ORTF (now France 3).

Programs

Unlike other news channels, France Info can be watched without sound, thanks to some reports being text-heavy. Journalists can explain the stories using an interactive touchscreen. The cameraman moves along with the journalists, with a mobile device accompanied. The tone is mostly offbeat, without forgetting to be serious if required. The presentation - done in a studio integrated directly into the newsroom by an anchorman and/or anchorwoman, serving as both news anchors and segment introducers - as well as the interactivity with the "Le Live" thread seen on the channel's website, are other distinctive differences.

  • France 24 - world news in simulcast with France 24
  • franceinfo: et tout est plus clair - flagship banner for weekday afternoon and weekend rolling news block
  • 6h30:9h30 - breakfast rolling news block with Samuel Étienne and Karine Baste-Regis
  • 9h30:13h - morning rolling news block with Djamel Mazi and Sorya Khaldoun
  • 17h:20h - evening rolling news block with Louis Laforge and Marianne Théoleyre
  • 21h:minuit - late night rolling news block with Julien Benedetto and Clémence de la Baume
  • Le journal - hourly live news bulletins, last 12 minutes
  • :l'info - live headlines at :20, :40 and :50 every hour, simulcast with Franceinfo Radio
  • l'essentiel de l'info - bottom-of-the-hour headlines between 9am and 6pm
  • Les informés de Franceinfo - nightly news debates, simulcast with Franceinfo Radio
  • Questions politiques - Sunday political interview, simulcast with France Inter

Presenters

Studio Gilles Jacquier (from France Télévisions)

Main presenters

  • Samuel Étienne (6:30-9:30)
  • Djamel Mazi (9:30-13:30)
  • Louis Laforge (17:00-20:00)
  • Julien Benedetto (21:00-0:00)

Newsreaders

  • Clémence de la Baume (21:00-0:00)
  • Sorya Khaldoun (17:00-20:00)
  • Camille Grenu (weekends 18:00-0:00)
  • Christophe Gascard
  • Djamel Mazi
  • Karine Baste-Régis (6:30-9:30)
  • Sébastien Thomas
  • Marine Demazure
  • Frédérique Hénault
  • Marianne Théoleyre
  • Alexandra Uzan

Studio "L'Info" (from Maison de la Radio)

Staff present live headlines every 10 minutes on TV and radio:

  • Agathe Mahuet
  • Léo Chapuis
  • Bintily Diallo
  • Yasmina Adila
  • Pierrick Bonno
  • Edwige Coupez
  • David Dauba
  • Diane Ferchit
  • Gilles Halais
  • Victor Matet
  • Stéphane Milhomme
  • Lorrain Sénéchal

Studio 221 (from Maison de la Radio)

Radio presenters whose their shows are also simulcast on TV:

  • 8H30 Aphatie: Jean-Michel Aphatie, Guy Birenbaum, Fabienne Sintes and Gilles Bornstein
  • Les Informés de Franceinfo: Jérôme Cadet (Sunday) and Jean-Mathieu Pernin (weekday)
  • Le Clasico: Matteu Maestracci and Nicolas Demorand (weekday) and Jérôme Cadet (Saturday)
  • 8H30 Politique: Yaël Goosz and Jules Lavie

References

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