Mideast: new Israeli all-news channel I24, on air tonight

From Jaffa in Arabic, English and French

17 July, 11:05

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, JULY 17 - A new trilingual Middle Eastern all-news broadcaster goes on the air tonight from the Israeli port city of Jaffa.

    The brainchild of former French diplomat Frank Melloul with financing from French-Israeli entrepreneur Patrick Drahi, the new TV channel called I24 will broadcast in Arabic, English, and French. ''We want to add a new regional voice besides Al Jazeera, France24, the BBC and CNN'', said Melloul, adding that I24 receives no funding from the Israeli government and will try to debunk anti-Israeli prejudice by offering new perspectives.

    It will use material produced by Israeli commercial Channel 2, and has hired star news anchors Suleiman a-Shafi and Lucy Ahrish, both seasoned Arab-Israeli reporters with experience in commercial Israeli broadcasting. (ANSAmed).

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