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i24NEWS
LOGO i24NEWS.png
Broadcast areaWorldwide
AffiliatesIsrael Television News Company
Headquarters
Programming
Language(s)Hebrew, English, Spanish, French, Arabic
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Ownership
OwnerPatrick Drahi
History
Launched17 July 2013; 9 years ago (2013-07-17)
Availability
Streaming media
i24news.tvEn, Fr, Ar
NewsPlayer+www.newsplayerplus.com/watch/i24,

i24NEWS is an Israeli-based international 24-hour news and current affairs television channel located in Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv, Israel.[1] It broadcasts in Hebrew, French, English, and Arabic. English channel offers a weekly magazine in Spanish. The channel's owner is Patrick Drahi, and the CEO is Frank Melloul.

In February 2017, i24NEWS expanded into the North American market and opened bureaus in the United States.[2] The channel has studios in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Paris, New York, Washington and Los Angeles, and deploys correspondents in other locations across the world.[3] In September 2021, following the Abraham Accords, the channel received a broadcasting license from the United Arab Emirates and opened its Gulf bureau in Dubai Media City.[4][5][6] In May 2022, the channel launched its operations in Morocco with two new bureaus in Rabat and Casablanca.[7]

History[edit]

The channel went live on 17 July 2013. Melloul stated that it would battle prejudice and ignorance about Israel with "facts and diversity."[8][9]

Arab Israeli journalist Lucy Aharish was the lead anchor of the English-language branch of the channel from July 2013 until she left 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 i24NEWS 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 i24NEWS, in order to secure an English broadcast license, gave Benjamin Netanyahu more positive coverage.[10] The channel denied the allegations.

In 2020, following the Abraham Accords, i24NEWS signed a various of MoU[11] and partnership agreements with leading companies in the UAE. i24NEWS became the first Israel-based channel to be broadcast in the UAE. In 2021 the channel received a UAE broadcast license and launched its studios[12] in Dubai Media City, the regional hub for media organizations in the Gulf.

In 2022, i24NEWS launched its operations in Morocco[13] and the opening of two bureaus in Rabat and Casablanca, from which the channel operates its studios.[14]

Visual identity[edit]

Distribution[edit]

i24NEWS started broadcasting in Israel on August 29, 2018.[15] 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.[16] i24NEWS was initially broadcast in the United States via the Jewish Life Television network,[17] but following the acquisition of Cablevision by Drahi-owned Altice USA (formerly Cablevision with a public brand of Optimum), i24NEWS is now broadcast on many US cable and TV operators, among them: Optimum channel 14, Suddenlink channel 49, Mediacom channel 228, Xfinity channel 1118, Spectrum and others.[18]

i24NEWS English is available in the UK, along with a number of other international news channels, via online video subscription service NewsPlayer+.[19]

In January 2021, i24NEWS became the first Israeli-based channel available in the UAE, on the country's leading content provider Etisalat.[20] Later that year, DU became the second operator to add the channel to its subscribers in the UAE.[21]

Starting October 2021, i24NEWS is available in Australia on Flash streaming service.[22]

News team[edit]

Inside the i24NEWS studio in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

i24NEWS' coverage is to a large extent due to the special make-up of the channel: more than 150 journalists (diplomacy and defense correspondents, anchors, editors, producers and journalists) who hail from 35 different countries and who work together.

i24NEWS English programming[23][edit]

In addition to up-to-the-minute news, the channel also features a variety of current affairs shows and reports on such subjects as economy, defense, sport, hi-tech and other topics. Culture magazine shows and special interviews are broadcast between the hourly news updates.

  • i24NEWS Desk: Hourly Flashes. Live news updates throughout the day from around the world.
  • The Rundown: Calev Ben David breaks down the need-to-know news from around the world in a fast-paced and engaging format.
  • Middle East Now: The top news coming out of the Middle East, the burning issues and the strategic, groundbreaking cooperation, with special interviews and the views and voices of those at the center of events. Hosts: Ya'akov Eylon or Laura Cellier.
  • Global Eye: Global Eye is the window to the world straight from Tel Aviv. Sarah Coats travels through every region of the world, breaking down the most trending and important stories of the day worldwide.
  • Zoom In with Jeff Smith: Zooming in on the main headlines of the day, Jeff Smith brings the latest from Israel, the Middle East and the world not forgetting to discuss whatever is trending.
  • Israel Business Beat with Natasha Kirtchuk: Business Beat is your inside look into the future. Discover the most groundbreaking innovations coming out of Israel and the world, meet the people and entrepreneurs changing our plant, and catch up on the trending news that is shaping today's business.
  • Strictly Security: a weekly look into security, intelligence and strategic affairs. The latest on the major international conflicts, as well as an in-depth analysis of the ongoing security issues in the Middle-East and around the globe. Host: Yoav Limor.
  • Holy Land Uncovered: Holy Land Uncovered is a weekly magazine about faith, religion and the history of the region that takes viewers to places they may not otherwise ever see. Host: Emily Frances.
  • Malard at Large: A straightforward one-on-one conversation with a head of state, former head of state, prime minister, decision-maker, as they discuss the issues and geopolitics of the Middle East, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Host: Christian Malard.
  • Ñews24: i24NEWS Spanish weekly magazine with Carlos Gurovich and Damian Pachter.
    i24NEWS studios in Jaffa

i24NEWS French programming[24][edit]

  • i24NEWSROOM: Hourly Flashes. Live news updates throughout the day from around the world.
  • Le Prime: Daily show with reports and interviews focus on political, diplomatic and economic news in the Middle East. Host: Jean-Charles Banoun.
  • Les Grandes Gueules Moyen-Orient: Daily debate show between Tel Aviv, Paris, New York and as far as Dubai to debrief about the news of the day with those who live it. Host: Benjamin Petrover.
  • Conversations avec Anna Cabana: One hour of exchange with a guest to understand the wings of power. Host: Anna Cabana. There is a controversy about Anna Cabana in 2022 who is French Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer’s wife and directed a show while issues about her husband were debated.
  • Malard en liberté: A straightforward one-on-one conversation with a head of state, former head of state, prime minister, decision-maker, as they discuss the issues and geopolitics of the Middle East, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Host: Christian Malard.
  • Le Grand Oral: Every Sunday, an interview focus on one famous guest, hosted by Benjamin Petrover with 4 columnists in Paris and Tel-Aviv.
  • Défense: Magazine dealing with Defense and Security issues in the Middle-East. Host: Matthias Inbar.
  • Culture: The journal of arts, shows, books and lifestyle. Host: Valérie Abécassis.
  • Histoires et Découvertes: Weekly program about History. Host: Valérie Pérez.
  • Conversations avec Nathalie Nagar: Weekly magazine focus on Israeli society. Host: Nathalie Nagar.
  • Orient: Weekly magazine focus on Middle-East and Maghreb world. Host: Cyril Amar.
  • Afrique: Weekly programm focus on Israeli-African relationships. Host: Jean-Charles Banoun.
  • Politique: Weekly show dealing with Israeli politics. Host: Nathalie Nagar.
  • Dubai Lifestyle: Short program focus on UAE.

i24NEWS Arabic programming[25][edit]

  • i24NEWS Desk: News from the Middle East and around the world.
  • STAD 24: A comprehensive sports show focusing on Arab sports news in Israel and the region. The weekly magazine brings the latest on football clubs in the Gulf and the rest of the Arab world and features colorful reports about interesting people and teams that are outside of spotlight.
  • ADAAL MASA: Daily News show that focuses on main headlines of the day with guests, debates and reports.
  • The Debate: A daily debate.
  • Eye On The Gulf: A weekly show that sheds an eye on the most important Gulf political and economic issues and headlines, and the most important issues on social networking.
  • Madar al Osboa: a weekly show that brings the most interesting events of the week, combining guests in the studio.
One of i24NEWS control rooms in Tel Aviv-Jaffa studios

Broadcasting[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ "Becoming a global news network: i24News opens its doors in the US". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Global network i24NEWS expands into US national coverage". www.israelhayom.com. 7 September 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Israel-based i24News channel to open office in Dubai Media City". Al Arabiya English. 21 June 2021. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  5. ^ "i24NEWS special broadcast to mark 1-year anniversary of Abraham Accords". www.israelhayom.com. Retrieved 13 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Israel-based i24News channel to open Dubai office". www.gulftoday.ae. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  7. ^ "i24NEWS launches in Morocco". Broadband TV News. 31 May 2022. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  8. ^ Move over Al Jazeera, Israel’s own 24-hour TV news station is about to go live By Danna Harman, Haaretz, 3 July 2013
  9. ^ Margalit, Ruth (29 July 2013). "The Israeli Answer to Al Jazeera". The New Yorker. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  10. ^ Josh Breiner; Nati Tucker (2 December 2019). "How i24News Turned pro-Netanyahu to Secure Broadcast License". Haaretz. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  11. ^ www.israelhayom.com https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/12/07/israeli-broadcaster-uaes-leading-outlet-sign-historic-collaboration-deal/. Retrieved 22 December 2021. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ AFP (21 June 2021). "Israel's i24News network to open Dubai office". Ynetnews. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Israeli firms and tourists are piling into Morocco". The Economist. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  14. ^ "Israel i24news channel opens office in Morocco". Middle East Monitor. 31 May 2022. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  15. ^ "International news channel i24NEWS to begin broadcasting in Israel". i24 News. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  16. ^ Briel, Robert (1 April 2019). "i24news signs German, Swiss deals". Broadband TV News. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Patrick Drahi's Israeli News Channel I24news to Air in US by JLTV". Jewish Business News. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  18. ^ i24NEWS. "Channels". I24news. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  19. ^ NewsPlayer+ brings forward launch
  20. ^ "Etisalat launches Israel-based i24NEWS channels on eLife and Switch TV". BroadcastPro ME. 4 January 2021. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  21. ^ "Abu Dhabi Media, Israel-based i24News sign MoU". wam. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  22. ^ Stead, Chris (14 October 2021). "What is Foxtel Flash? News streaming app explained". finder.com.au. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  23. ^ i24NEWS. "Check Out Our Brilliant Shows - I24NEWS". I24news. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  24. ^ i24NEWS. "Nos Émissions". I24news (in French). Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  25. ^ i24NEWS. "برنامج". I24news (in Arabic). Retrieved 14 December 2021.

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