Paris, 1st December 2010 - FRANCE 24 AVAILABLE IN 3 LANGUAGES ON ARABSAT AND IN LE BOUQUET DE CANAL + ON ARABSAT
FRANCE 24 continues its expansion in North Africa, the Near and Middle East by concluding a new distribution agreement with ARABSAT, allowing to broadcast, via satellite BADR-4, its French and English channels throughout the Arab world.
Already available in Arabic on BADR-4 since 2007, FRANCE 24’s three channels joined the leading provider of satellite services in the region and become available to a potential audience of 160 million viewers from Morocco to the Persian Gulf.
With this agreement, FRANCE 24 will also increase its presence in North Africa by joining le Bouquet de CANAL + on ARABSAT, a partnership between CANAL OVERSEAS and the No.1 satellite operator in the region. FRANCE 24’s three channels (in French, English and in Arabic) will now be accessible to all subscribers of this offer in Morocco and Algeria.
"After the successful launch of our channel in Arabic in 2007, we are very pleased to work again with ARABSAT and deploy our three versions on BADR-4. These new distribution agreements with Arabsat and Canal + will increase our exposure and enable us to gain new viewers in the region" said Philippe Rouxel, Vice-President Worldwide for Distribution at FRANCE 24.
Khalid Balkheyour, President & CEO of Arabsat commented, “We have been very pleased monitoring the success that FRANCE 24 has gained during the past 4 years. With the launch of the French & English versions, we are proud to deliver FRANCE 24 to its viewers reaching tens of millions of homes in over 100 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Central Asia, including an audience of more than 164 million viewers within the 21 Arab countries alone. We pledge our full support to the FRANCE 24 team and wish success and prosperity for our partnership”
FRANCE 24’s three channels, in French, English and Arabic, are available 24/7 "free-to-air” on Arabsat BADR-4 on a single frequency.
Satellite : Arabsat
Position : 26° Est
Transponder : 15
Frequency: 11996 MHz
Polarisation : Horizontal
FEC : 3/4
Symbol (Msymb/s) : 27.5
About FRANCE 24 (www.france24.com):
FRANCE 24 is the first international news channel that offers a French perspective and sensibility on world events. It broadcasts on a 24/7 basis on three channels, in French, English and Arabic, in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. FRANCE 24 can be accessed by cable, satellite, ADSL and mobile phone. The website www.france24.com is available in 3 languages (English, French and Arabic).
FRANCE 24 contacts:
Nathalie Lenfant – Tel.: +33 (0)1 73 01 24 11 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Damien Amadou – Tel.: +33 (0)1 73 01 24 31 - email@example.com
About ARABSAT (www.arabsat.com):
Founded in 1976 by the 21 member-states of the Arab League, Arabsat has been serving the growing needs of the Arab world for over 30 years. Now ranked as the world’s 10th largest satellite operator, it reaches millions of homes (170m viewers, 340 TV channels, 160 Radio stations) in over 100 countries across the ME, Africa, Europe and beyond. Operating a growing ﬂeet of owned satellites at the 26° East, 30.5° East & 20° East degrees, Arabsat is the only satellite operator in the MENA region offering the full spectrum of Broadcast, Telecom & Broadband services. This capacity will continue to expand with the launch of new satellites from 2010 to 2012, making the Arabsat satellite ﬂeet the youngest in the region with the highest possible reliability coupled to ultimate ﬂexibility. With the successful launch of BADR-5 on the 4th June 2010, this translates unrivalled in-orbit backup, as well as more space capacity than any other player in the region, for more TV & radio broadcasting services, professional data network solutions, telephony and IP Trunking backbone connectivity and broadband Internet access for media and entertainment companies, corporate customers and government entities. Arabsat also maintains strategic partnerships with most of the world’s leading satellite companies and VAS integrators.
Saad al-Tehaif - Public Relations & Media Manager - Tel: +9661 482 – 00 00 - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org