Israel’s first 24-hour news network, i24, has joined the crowded satellite television space, launching in English, French, and Arabic…
Israel’s i24 launched this week, bringing another 24/7 news entrant to the increasingly crowded satellite television market.
As with the dozen or so major players to come before it, the channel promises a new perspective on the day’s events – delivered in English, French, and Arabic.
While many have been quick to dub the channel “the Israeli Al Jazeera,” i24 is not government funded, but instead a private enterprise led by French-Israeli businessman Patrick Drahi.
Drahi, reportedly the 46th richest man in France according to Bloomberg , is an experienced media executive, having logged time with various communications, cable, and satellite television companies. He also founded French consultancy CMA. Drahi is a major investor in Israel’s HOT cable television company.
The Luxembourg-based company will staff up to approximately 250 employees and broadcast from the port of Jaffa in Israel.
Live news updates will air throughout the day, but much of the programming in between will be taped. While presenting an Israeli perspective on the news, the company maintains that it will not serve as a spokesman for the Israeli government.
Watch the i24 English promo: