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New French Language News Agency to Rival BBC / IBAP

2005/11/30

In an announcement from Paris today Communication Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres announced the signing of a contract by public and private stations around the french speaking world to create a news agency to rival the BBC and IBAP.

Canal Français Informations International or CFII would be set to launch in January of 2006. Agencies that are known to have signed up are the TéléLouisianne group, and negotiations with Omnipresse from New Francy are still ongoing.

This new broadcaster is intended to serve as a platform to counter the perceived prevailing Commonwealth view of world affairs. This was especially noted during the Florida War of 2004, where reports of the war were largely handled by the BBC and Rikets Radio & Television.

When concern was raised in the halls of parliament as to the chances of success for the CFII in the fast-paced global TV news sector, the French culture minister, Alastaire Pernet was quick to say: “We have to enter the fray, and quickly so. Let us not abandon hope.”

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