Israel has been talking about fielding a global news network to compete with the likes of CNN, the BBC and Al Jazeera for years. It appears that dream might finally come true this summer with the launch of i24news.
Privately funded so that it will not rely on government backing or donations from the Jewish community, i24news will be based in the greater Tel Aviv area from where it will broadcast worldwide in English, French and Arabic.
A number of prominent figures from the Israeli broadcasting scene have joined i24news, giving it a far better chance of success than previous proposals for an Israeli global news network.
With Israel and the conflicts surrounding it commanding so much focus from the international media, it makes sense for the Jewish state to be broadcasting news from its perspective to a global audience.
Those interested can already visit www.i24news.tv and sign up to be notified when the channel officially launches.
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