Wednesday, December 06, 2006

France 24 has launched



Obviously there is one hell of a bash going on Paris at the moment with the launch of France Vingt Quatre. Looks like they didn't quite make the deadlines. The signal is only on the Internet for the moment. The channel goes onto satellite and cable tomorrow, and it will be tomorrow evening before the full website is launched.

It didn't take long for the first blooper. The English translator for the live interview with the French president wasn't ready and the studio microphone with anchor Andrea Sanke clearly was still on. We got to hear "who did that with my prompter....son of a bitch.....I am really, really, really annoyed. This is ridiculous, where are we going now...now what?" on the English commentary channel at 2047.

I found it curious that they led the first bulletin with the Iraq report from the US. They had a much stronger story from Dem Republic Congo further down the bulletin. Commercials also from Day One from people like IBM and Peugot. It will be interesting to see how the 29 different nationalities working at the station work to make something different.
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