|Launched||1 January 1993|
Media Globe Networks (53%)|
European public broadcasters (22%)
576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Hot Bird 13B (Europe, Middle East, North Africa)||11566 H / 29900 / 3/4 (HD) (English audio only)|
|Hot Bird 13B (Europe, Middle East, North Africa)||12597 V / 27500 / 3/4 (SD)|
|Astra 1L (Europe, North Africa)||12226 H / 27500 / 3/4 (SD) (German & French audio only)|
|Badr-4 (Middle East, North Africa)||12073 H / 27500 / 3/4 (SD)|
|Nilesat 201 (Middle East, North Africa)||12015 V / 27500 / 5/6 (SD)|
|AsiaSat 5 (Asia, Australia)||3960 H / 30000 / 5/6 (SD) (C-Band)|
|Türksat 3A (Turkey)||11096 H / 30000 / 5/6 (SD) (Turkish audio only)|
|Astra 2G (Europe)||11464 H 22000 5/6 (SD) (English audio only)|
|Thaicom 5 (Asia, Southeast Asia)||3600 H / 26667 / 3/4 (SD) (C-Band)|
(UK & Ireland)
|Channel 508 (SD) (English)|
(Philippines) (English audio only)
|Channel 131 (SD)|
|Channel 414 (SD)|
|Channel 123 (SD)|
|Channel 901 (English) (SD)|
|Channel 521 (SD)|
|Channel 254 (SD)|
|TV Vlaanderen Digitaal||Channel 53 (SD)|
|Channel 145 (POR) (SD)|
|Channel 142 (SD)|
(North America, C band free-to-air)
|3.781 GHz V / 29.270|
|MEO TV Alphaville* |
|Channel 200 (POR) (SD)Channel 203* (POR)|
|Channel 203 (POR) (SD)|
|Channel 334 (SD)|
|Canalsat||Channel 104 (SD)|
|Channel 181 (SD)|
|Virgin Media Ireland||Channel 203 (English)|
|Channel 103 (English)|
|Channel 172 (French)|
Channel 421 (digital with DVR)|
Channel 141 (digital)
|Channel 554(DE), 827(RU), 837 (FR; only upgraded networks), 848 (UK; only upgraded networks), 869(IT), 873(ES), 882(POR)|
|Channel 326 (German audio only)|
|Channel 219 (English)|
|Channel 203 (POR)|
(Basque Country, Spain)
|UPC Poland||Channel 342|
|Telekom Entertain (Germany)||Channel 87 (SD)|
Channel 831 (English) |
|World on Demand|
English, Channel 110 |
French, Channel 111
|Macau Cable TV (Macau)||Channel 806|
|Channel 203 (POR)|
Channel 402 (old) |
Channel 612 (new)
(United States, Canada)
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
|Tivibu (Turkey)||Channel 76|
|Max TV (Macedonia)||Channel 655|
|ZAP (Cape Verde)||Channel 8 (POR)|
|KPN (Netherlands)||Channel 41|
Euronews is majority owned by Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian businessman, who is chairman of its supervisory board. Sawiris owns 53% of the channel (through Media Globe Networks).
History and organisation
In 1992, following the First Persian Gulf War, during which CNN's position as the preeminent source of 24-hour news programming was cemented, the European Broadcasting Union decided to establish Euronews to present information from a European perspective. The channel's first broadcast was on 1 January 1993 from Lyon. An additional broadcast studio was set up in London in 1996. It was founded by a group of ten European public broadcasters:
- CyBC, Cyprus
- France Télévisions
- RAI, Italy
- RTBF, Belgium
- RTP, Portugal
- RTVE, Spain (former shareholder)
- TMC, Monaco (former shareholder)
- YLE, Finland
- ERTU, Egypt
In 1997, the British news broadcaster ITN purchased a 49 percent share of Euronews for £5.1 million from Alcatel-Alsthom. ITN supplies the content of the channel along with the remaining shareholders, which are represented by the SOCEMIE (Société éditrice de la chaîne européenne multilingue d'information Euronews) consortium. Euronews SA is the operating company that produces the channel and holds the broadcasting licence. It is co-owned by the ten founders and:
- VGTRK, Russia
- TRT, Turkey
- ČT, Czech Republic
- PBS, Malta
- SNRT, Morocco
- RTVSLO, Slovenia
- RTÉ, Ireland
- UA:PBC, Ukraine
- SRG-SSR, Switzerland
- TVR, Romania
- SVT/MTG, Sweden
- ERTT, Tunisia
- ENTV, Algeria
In 2003, ITN sold its stake in Euronews as part of its drive to streamline operations and focus on news-gathering rather than channel management.
On 27 May 2008, Spanish public broadcaster RTVE decided to leave Euronews to promote its international channel TVE Internacional. It also cited legal requirements to maintain low debt levels through careful spending as a factor influencing its decision to leave.
In February 2009, the Turkish public broadcaster TRT became a shareholder in the channel, and joined its supervisory board. TRT purchased 15.70% of the channel's shares and became the fourth main partner after France Télévisions (23.93%), RAI (21.54%), and VGTRK (16.94%).
|1||English||1 January 1993|
|2||French||1 January 1993|
|3||German||1 January 1993|
|4||Italian||1 January 1993|
|5||Spanish||1 January 1993|
|8||Arabic||12 July 2008|
|9||Turkish||30 January 2010|
|10||Persian||27 October 2010|
|11||Ukrainian||24 August 2011||May 2017|
|12||Greek||18 December 2012|
|13||Hungarian||30 May 2013|
In 2 October 2012, Euronews launched Euronews Radio. The service was designed for viewers who "watching news is not an option" by providing a direct simulcast to the TV channel, with "No Comment" segment being replaced by music. The music of the bulletin openings are also transmitted on Euronews Radio. Weather reports are read by a female announcer.
Acquisition by Naguib Sawiris
In February 2015, the channel's executive board approved a bid by an Egyptian telecom businessman, Naguib Sawiris, to acquire a 53% controlling stake in the media outlet. The deal raised a number of questions over Euronews's future editorial posture and its independence.
On 20 April 2016, the French subsidiary of Euronews launched an African version of their news service called Africanews in French and English.
Partnership with NBC
In November 2016, the channel's executive board was in talks with NBC Universal, parent company of NBC News, for a "strategic partnership". NBCU would acquire 15 to 30% ownership of the Euronews network, would contribute to Euronews content, and facilitate NBC News' expanded operations in Europe. NBCUniversal News Group purchased a 25% stake in Euronews in February 2017 for $30 million. NBC News president Deborah Turness was appointed to head up international operations.
On 9 May 2017, Euronews split its service into 12 separate channels (which means that, the difference is no longer only on voice-over, but now include contents and lower-third news ticker).
On 2 January 2018, Euronews decided to make some of its programming presenter-led, including a live morning show, talkshows and others for the majority of the day.
The channel is available in 430 million households in 166 countries worldwide. It reaches more than 170 million European households by cable, satellite and terrestrial. It also began to secure availability on multimedia platforms such as IPTV and digital media.
Euronews launched an application for mobile devices (Android, iPhone, and iPad) which is called "Euronews Live". The application is free of charge and is available on Google Play and the App Store. This app was later shut down quietly.
The following countries also broadcast Euronews through terrestrial channels for a limited amount of time:
- ArmNews.Eu (Sweden) in Russian
- Face TV (Bosnia-Herzegovina) in English
- CyBC DTV Platform (Cyprus) in English and Greek (also simulcasted by RIK 2 when its programming is over)
- ERT (Greece) in English and Greek
- TL (Lebanon) in Arabic daily at 8:00
- RTÉ One, RTÉ News Now (Ireland) in English
- Extremadura TV, Aragón TV, 7RM Murcia (Spain) in Spanish
- TVM (Malta) in English
- RTP2 and RTP Açores (Portugal) in Portuguese
- TVR News (Romania) in Romanian
- EVK, Russia-K (Russia) in Russian
- TV Koper-Capodistria (Slovenia) in Italian
- RSI La 1 & RSI La 2 (Switzerland) in Italian and German
- RTS Un (Switzerland) in French and English
- TRT Haber (Turkey) in Turkish
In 2013, the new commercial channel Planet TV started broadcasting Euronews dubbed in Slovenian after Antenna TV SL purchased a major stake in the company. Euronews airs after closedown (or sign-off) of Planet TV, but both call sign logos are displayed.
High-definition (HD) broadcasting was started on 2 November 2016 via satellite using Hot Bird-capacities (English audio only). Regarding the audio codec, Euronews used the AC3 format at the beginning here, changing to the AAC codec in March 2017, and changing it again to the MPEG codec in April 2017.
The current Euronews logo is the fifth. From 1 January 1993 to February 1999 the logo was in the lower right corner of the screen, from February 1999 to June 2008 it was in the upper left corner of the screen, from June 2008 to May 2016 it was in the upper right corner of the screen, and from May 2016 to present it has been in the lower left corner of the screen.
- January 1993 – September 1996: blue lower case word "euro" in yellow parallelogram and yellow capital word "NEWS"
- September 1996 – February 1999: white lower case word "euro" above and blue lower case word "news" below
- February 1999 – June 2008: blue rectangle enclosing white camel case word "EuroNews"
- Since[update] June 2008: white lowercase word "euronews" on a neutral grey background featuring a white circle symbolising both the world and star circle on the flag of Europe
- In January 2016, Euronews was accused of plagiarism by the Congolese media group AfricaNews, because the Lyon-based channel used the logo "Africanews" for its African subsidiary in 2016. However, AfricaNews in the Democratic Republic of Congo has existed since 2005 and can be found on the Internet. Its employees sent letters to French authorities and managing director of Euronews, Michael Peters, to change the related logo and not to use it for the African subsidiary of Euronews.
- Since May 2016: silver-white lower case word "euronews" followed by a small circle at foot of the last letter, all on a light navy background
Euronews primarily broadcasts out of its headquarters in Lyon, but also maintains a number of international bureaux for editorial or marketing purposes in Athens, Brussels, Budapest, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul, London, Paris and Washington D.C.
- BBC World News
- The Brussels Times
- New Europe newspaper
- Politico Europe
- "Sawiris takes majority stake in Euronews". Digital TV Europe. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- "NBC News acquires stake in Euronews Europe". New York Post Europe. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
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- "ITN Acquires 49% Euronews Stake". Telecom Paper. 1 December 1997. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- "ITN Drops Out of Euronews Channel". Broadcast.
- "NTU Becomes 20th EuroNews Shareholder". DigitalSpy. 5 February 2006.
- "TVE abandona EuroNews". El Mundo (in Spanish). 5 February 2006.
- "Turkey's TRT joins Euronews supervisory board". World Bulletin. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- "Euronews closes Ukrainian service". 22 May 2017.
- "Egyptian Mogul Plans to Buy Controlling Stake in Europe's Answer to CNN". The Hollywood Reporter. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Controversial ventures pose questions for Euronews". EU Observer. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Euronews investor Naguib Sawiris: we will resist state interference". The Guardian. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "NBC News, Euronews in Talks for Strategic Partnership". Variety Media. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
- Palmeri, Christopher (14 February 2017). "NBC Acquires Stake in Euronews, Taps U.S. News Chief to Lead It". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
- "Euronews Media Presspack" (PDF). Euronews. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
- "euronews live apllication". Euronews. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
- "Programación de Euronews en Extremadura TV" (in Spanish). Extremadura TV. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- "Euronews llega a la TDT en España a través de Aragón TV". Heraldo (in Spanish). 1 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- ""No Comment" sur YouTube ? Affirmatif". Libération (in French). 10 August 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- В сети МТИС прекращена трансляция канала "Евроньюс" (in Russian). Naviny. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- "В Минске отключают Euronews" (in Russian). Euroradio. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- "Satellite Update: SkyQ by default, Freesat withdrawals". a516digital. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- "digitalbitrate". digitalbitrate.com. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Africanews – Euronews accusé de plagiat". 25 January 2016.
- "Africa News RDC – L'actualité de la RD Congo et de l'Afrique". africanewsrdc.com.
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