Communications mavens have been saying for years that what Israel needs to get
its message to the world is an Israeli-type Al Jazeera.
people, especially those in the communications industry, have dipped their toes
in the water, but until now, no one was prepared to actually take the
French businessman Patrick Drahi, owner of the controlling
interest in the HOT cable television company, has decided to be one of the
financiers of i24 NEWS, despite the heavy financial losses he incurred at
i24 NEWS which was founded by Frank Malloul, a former adviser to the
French government, who will act as its CEO, will operate on a 24/7 basis and
will have a website that will concurrently present items on politics,
international affairs, culture, sport and other subjects.
considerable experience with international broadcast media.
He also owns
Numericable SA, cable company, which operates in France, Belgium and
The new channel will initially broadcast in English, French
and Arabic and may expand to other languages at some future stage. Its content
will be produced by Haim Slutzky Communication Channels which has produced
material for HOT and for Channel 8.
Although no immediate date has been
announced for its launch, i24 plans to begin broadcasting this summer and will
be headquartered at Jaffa Port.