Israel’s i24news to launch US channel


(JTA) — The Israeli international TV news channel i24News will start a U.S. operation with headquarters in New York City’s Times Square and a bureau in Washington, D.C.

The launch was announced Thursday. The i24news global headquarters are located in Jaffa Port near Tel Aviv, with three separate studios that broadcast 24 hours a day in three different languages: English, French and Arabic.

The new U.S. channel, which will broadcast in English, is scheduled to launch on Feb. 13 and its first distribution partner is Altice USA. The channel will be initially be available on Altice USA’s Optimum TV, Channel 102, and on Suddenlink TV systems.

Patrick Drahi, the founder and controlling shareholder of Altice N.V. also founded i24news in 2013.

“In a society where everything has global implication – from politics and healthcare to education and security – i24News in the U.S. will provide a new voice as it melds different points of view with every day developments,” said CEO Frank Melloul in a statement.

Currently, i24 News employs more than 250 journalists of 35 different nationalities. The U.S. news team will be announced in the coming weeks.



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