i24 News

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i24 News
I24NEWS logo.svg
Broadcast areaWorldwide
AffiliatesIsrael Television News Company
Language(s)Hebrew, English, Spanish, French, Arabic
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
OwnerPatrick Drahi
Launched17 July 2013; 8 years ago (2013-07-17)
Streaming media
i24news.tvEn, Fr, Ar

i24 News is an Israeli international 24-hour news and current affairs television channel located in Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv, Israel.[1] It broadcasts in French, English, Spanish, and Arabic. The channel's owner is Patrick Drahi, and the CEO is Frank Melloul.

The network's American version began airing on 13 February 2017. This network has live programming from New York City between 6 and 10 p.m. Eastern Time on weeknights, and otherwise simulcasts i24 from Israel.


The channel went live on 17 July 2013. Melloul stated that it would battle prejudice and ignorance about Israel with "facts and diversity."[2][3]

Arab Israeli journalist Lucy Aharish was the lead anchor of the English-language branch of the channel from July 2013 until she resigned in January 2016.

On 8 December 2016 all programming on the English channel officially ended in preparation for launching in America. The channel broadcast 10 minutes of news on the Hour from 8 am to 11 pm (local time) and replaced "Morning Edition", "The Daily Beat" and "The Lineup" with a 26-minute news bulletin, repeated at half past.

The launch of i24 News in the United States was announced on 27 January 2017. The channel is operated out of its headquarters in Jaffa.

Live programming in the US is broadcast from Times Square in New York with an additional bureau in Washington, DC. Approximately 50 journalists were hired to staff the two locations. The channel uses resources from its Jaffa headquarters.

Among the first journalists hired were Michelle Makori, anchor and editor-in-chief, David Shuster who is also a managing editor and Dan Raviv (a 40+ year veteran of CBS News). The channel acquired many of its debut behind-the-scenes talent from the former Al Jazeera America.

Haaretz, in a report on 2 December 2019, indicated that i24 News, in order to secure an English broadcast license, gave Benjamin Netanyahu more positive coverage.[4]


i24 News started broadcasting in Israel on August 29, 2018.[5] It is offered in France (including the French West Indies), Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland and across the African continent. The channel is also streamed live on its website in all three languages. The channel signed an agreement enabling it to be broadcast in Germany on Kabel Deutschland.[6] i24 News was initially broadcast in the United States via the Jewish Life Television network,[7] but following the acquisition of Cablevision by Drahi-owned Altice USA (formerly Cablevision with a public brand of Optimum), i24 News is now broadcast on the Optimum channel 14, and its distribution is limited to Drahi-owned Optimum and Suddenlink systems.[8] i24 News English is now available in the UK, along with a number of other international news channels, via online video subscription service NewsPlayer+.[9]

Inside the i24 News studio in Jaffa

News team[edit]

The English channel news team consists of diplomacy and defense correspondents, anchors, editors, producers and journalists.

English magazine anchors[edit]

  • Natasha Kirtchuk
  • Emily Francis
  • Tal Heinrich

English news anchors[edit]

  • Natasha Kirtchuk
  • Tracy Alexander

Emily Rose

English relief presenters[edit]

  • Tal Heinrich
  • Lauren Izso

Former presenters and correspondents[edit]

  • Tal Shalev
  • Danny Swibel
  • Anthony Grant
  • Jason Danino-Holt
  • Eli Roberts
  • Binyamin Tjong Alvares
  • David Matlin
  • Merav Savir

English programming[edit]

  • Global Eye
  • Zoom In
  • ClearCut
  • ClearCut Plus
  • Crossroads
  • Daily Dose
  • Debrief
  • i24News Desk
  • Perspectives
  • Stateside
  • The Rundown
    The outside of the i24NEWS studios (on second floor)

Defunct English programs[edit]

Former programs on i24 News include:[10]

  • Culture - Weekly. The latest cultural buzz & trends. The highs and lows of the cultural world. From actors, through fine arts and even musicians.
  • Defense - Weekly. Military & strategic affairs. A first-hand look at the Israel Defense Force, one of the strongest armies in the world, and conflicts around the world. Coverage of clashes, war and the most volatile stories of the week.
  • Economy - Weekly. International Business & financial news.
  • Faceoff - Weekly. A weekly confrontational in-depth look at the news of the hour, and the people who make it.
  • Insight - Weekly
  • Mid East Focus - Weekly. In a turbulent region, we give you a human perspective of the crisis on the ground. In a region exploding with religious tension, we go beyond and show you the real stories, real people, and dynamic storytelling
  • Morning Edition / Sunday Review - Sunday to Friday with Yael Lavie, who anchored the i24news early program. News from around the world along with the viral spiral that is the Web review, plus culture from across the globe.
  • News Now - Monday to Friday, Merav Savir anchored the latest news from around the world.
  • Sport - Weekly. A tour around the world of sports.
  • The Daily Beat - Monday to Friday, Meredith Ross anchored a full hour of news. A roundup of each day's top news, ranging from the always-volatile Middle East, through the U.S. campaign trail, to sports, economy and everything in between. With in-depth analysis and on the scene reporting.
  • The Line Up - Monday to Friday, Nurit Zunger anchored news from around the world with Middle East perspective.
  • The Tube - Weekly. Web & social networks news.
The control room of studio 2. The central studio mainly used for the English channel.


High-definition (HD) broadcasting was started in March 2017 via satellite using Hot Bird 13C-capacities (French and English feed only).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Blum, Michael (19 July 2013). "i24news gives 'different view' of Israel: director". AFP. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ Move over Al Jazeera, Israel’s own 24-hour TV news station is about to go live By Danna Harman, Haaretz, 3 July 2013
  3. ^ Margalit, Ruth (29 July 2013). "The Israeli Answer to Al Jazeera". The New Yorker. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  4. ^ Josh Breiner; Nati Tucker (2 December 2019). "How i24News Turned pro-Netanyahu to Secure Broadcast License". Haaretz. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  5. ^ "International news channel i24NEWS to begin broadcasting in Israel". i24 News. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  6. ^ Briel, Robert (1 April 2019). "i24news signs German, Swiss deals". Broadband TV News. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Patrick Drahi's Israeli News Channel I24news to Air in US by JLTV". Jewish Business News. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Altice USA" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 April 2017.
  9. ^ NewsPlayer+ brings forward launch
  10. ^ "Programs". i24news.tv.

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