Al Jazeera Goes French

Once again, the Qatari media company, Al Jazeera has announced it is in the advanced stages of launching a French-language news network. It has already confirmed a 5-hour news block to be aired on its English language network aimed at the UK. In the US, the Qatari media company has also bought Current TV, and is setting to officially launch in the United States in April with the slogan, “Inspire, inform, and entertain.” During a press conference held recently in Doha, Al Jazeera’s Director General, Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Thani, said that the plans for the potential French network would “build bridges with other cultures and people.” This bridge may not sit well with French media heads, and could be bad news for France 24, the government funded French 24-hour network currently broadcasting worldwide in English, French and Arabic and a channel very popular in North Africa and French speaking countries south of the Sahara. Continue reading