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Launched 1992 (founded)

January 1, 1993 (in Lyon)

Owned by SOCEMIE
Country Europe Europe
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Euronews is a multilingual and pan-European television news channel launched on January 1, 1993 in Lyon. It covers world news from a European perspective,[1] in many languages.

In 2009 Euronews was distributed to 300 million households in 151 countries worldwide. It reached more than 179 million European households by cable, satellite and terrestrial. This compared with 147 million European households for CNN International, 88 million for BBC World News and 76 million for CNBC Europe.[2][3] In terms of audience, Euronews is the most widely distributed news channel in Europe, in front of CNN International and BBC World.[4]

Euronews uses voice-over narration to accompany all news footage save for live coverage, and features a "no comment" segment dedicated to reports which exclusively consist of visual content.

Selected by the European Commission for a "mission of European information"[5] from amongst seven candidates, Euronews produces and broadcasts news programs simultaneously in nine languages on issues that pertain both to the European Union as to the world. The channel receives 5 million of funding each year,[5] and 10% or more of its production must consist of information and debates which are directly related to issues regarding the European Union. The channel also devoted a significant amount of attention to EU related subjects prior to receiving this mandate due to its pan-European television network formation.

On 4 June 2008, Euronews redesigned its logo, on-air presentation and website.



As a rolling news channel, headlines from both Europe as well as the world are broadcast at 30 minute intervals on Euronews. Brief magazine articles typically fill in the remaining schedule, which focus on market data, financial news, sports news, art & culture, science, weather, European politics and press reviews of the major European newspapers. These item slots will occasionally be displaced for breaking news or live coverages. Some items are displayed without commentary under the banner "No Comment", a segment which reports exclusively through visual footage.

Euronews is currently broadcast in nine languages; Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish, though not all languages are available in all countries. This multilingual approach prevents the use of on-screen anchors, leading Euronews to use voice-over narration to accompany its news footage. An optional and "silent" audio stream without this voice-over is additionally broadcast with some Euronews transmissions.[6]

Euronews has expanded into Romania with a 30-minute Romanian-language newscast on Romanian second channel TVR 2, on weekdays at 9:15 AM.[7]

15-minute Ukrainian-language newscasts are broadcast on Ukraine's Channel One at 18:45 on weekdays as of November 16, 2009. Full 24-hour Ukrainian version is currently planned.[8]

A Persian language service will be launched in autumn 2010.[9]

History and organisation

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Logo used from 2000 to June 2008

Euronews was originally founded in 1992 in Lyon as a European Broadcasting Union initiative by a group of 11 European public broadcasters:

It began broadcasting from London in 1996.

In 1994, the British news broadcaster ITN bought a 31% share of Euronews for £5.1m from Alcatel-Alsthom. ITN supplies the content of the channel along with the remaining shareholders, which are represented by the SOCEMIE (Société Editrice de la Chaîne Européenne Multilingue d'Information EuroNews) consortium.[10] SOCEMIE is the actual operating company which produces the channel and holds the broadcasting licence. It is co-owned by the founders and:

The broadcast switched from solely analogue to mainly digital transmission in 1999. In the same year the Portuguese audio track was added. The Russian audio track appeared in 2001.

In 2003 ITN sold its stake in Euronews [11]

As of late November 2005, German TV channels ARD and ZDF were in negotiations about joining Euronews.[12]

On February 6, 2006, Ukrainian public broadcaster Natsionalna Telekompanya Ukraïny (NTU) bought a 1% stake in SOCEMIE.[13]

On May 27, 2008, Spanish public broadcaster RTVE decided to leave Euronews to promote its international channel TVE Internacional. However, RTVE wanted to elude the payment of €2 million partner's quota per year.[14]

In February 2009, Turkish public broadcaster TRT has become a shareholder in Euronews, and joined the channel's supervisory board.[15] TRT has bought 15.70% of the Euronews shares and became the fourth main partner after France Télévisions (25.37%), RAI (22.84%), and RTR (16.94%).


In a study conducted by Gallup Europe in 2004, respondents described Euronews as "boring" as well as "monotonous, slow, repetitive" and criticised the scarcity of breaking news coverage on the channel.[16]


Programmes on Euronews include:

  • news - Covering the top European, Asian (mainly focused on Arab World) and international news stories.
  • press - A look at the front pages of various European titles every morning.
  • business - Financial news.
  • markets - News on the world stock markets, currencies, commodity and oil prices.
  • wall street live - Live opening and closing of the New York Stock Exchange.
  • headlines - A brief overview of the main news and business stories.
  • Europe - Covering European affairs.
  • sport - Top sports stories.
  • eurofoot - Results of European football matches.
  • no comment - Short video(s) with no narrator.
  • meteo Europe/world/airport - weather forecasting.
  • interview - An interview with a noted individual.
  • reporter - A look at the lives of European citizenry.
  • agora - A head-to-head debate.
  • sawa - A look at the lives of European citizenry living around the Mediterranean Sea.
  • questions for Europe, previously known as f.a.q. - General information about EU matters.
  • le mag - Covering the arts, music, fashion, travel and culture.
  • cinema - Recent films and movies.
  • you - Interactive comment of EU citizenry regarding key issues.
  • space - A look at space technology; produced in association with the European Space Agency.
  • talent - Ordinary people with extraordinary talents.
  • science and hi-tech - Focusing on science and technology studies.
  • futuris - Focusing on futuristic technologies and theories.
  • rendez-vous - Current cultural events in Europe.
  • parlamento - News about the European Parliament.
  • perspectives - Covers how different European channels of Euronews broadcast current affairs.
  • comment visions - Interviews with thinkers, innovators and opinion leaders.

See also


  1. ^ "Many Voices One Vision". Euronews Press Release, Retrieved 2 January 2007. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Media Pack 2006 Q405 ENG
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b "What is EuroNews?". European Commission's Audiovisual Service. Retrieved 21 April 2008. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "EuroNews lansează un jurnal zilnic în limba română" (in Romanian). TVR. 2004-09-27. 
  8. ^ "Euronews in Ukrainian language to appear on First National TV channel". NRCU. 2009-09-11. 
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ "Circom Report April 2002". Circom. April, 2002. 
  11. ^ "ITN drops out of Euronews channel". Broadcast (magazine). 
  12. ^ [Update] Euronews: ZDF bestätigt Interesse an einem Einstieg :: SAT+KABEL :: Digital TV - Medien - Breitband
  13. ^ "NTU becomes 20th EuroNews shareholder". DigitalSpy. 2006-02-05. 
  14. ^ "TVE abandona EuroNews" (in Spanish). El Mundo. 2006-02-05. 
  15. ^ Turkey's TRT joins Euronews supervisory board
  16. ^ Microsoft Word - caneuhearme_summary_press release mr.doc

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