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Euronews extends African reach ahead of new channel debut


Euronews extends African reach ahead of new channel debut


News channel Euronews has extended its reach in Lusophone Africa thanks to a new agreement with South Africa-based pay TV provider DStv, and has launched a programming strand on the Ouest TV channel in Francophone Africa.

The latest deals come ahead of Euronews’ planned launch of Africanews, a dedicated multilingual pan-African news channel later this year.

DStv Africa has launched Euronews Português on GoTV+, its digital-terrestrial service in Mozambique, marking the first African DTT launch for the channel. DStv has also allocated a specific channel to Euronews Português for its customers in Mozambique and Angola.

Euronews claims to provide the only international news channel broadcasting in Portuguese.

Euronews and Senegal-based Ouest TV have meanwhile signed an agreement allowing the African channel to rebroadcast programmes, live, from Euronews French, every hour between 18:30 and 23:30, in 30-minute segments.

Ouest TV broadcasts in French to 24 countries in West and Central Africa. It is also available unencrypted across Sub-Saharan Africa via the Amos 5 satellite.

“Africa has been a key focus of our development for many years. Currently, 18 million viewers in Sub-Saharan Africa receive Euronews. And, as we prepare for the launch of its sister channel, Africanews, our strengthened relations with the biggest TV operators on the continent is a very positive sign for our development in the future,” said Arnaud Verlhac, Euronews’ director of international distribution.

Asuquo Eton founded, now one of the most visited TV, music, tech and features website, in 2011. He is also a social media analyst, media and entertainment consultant.

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