France 24 says, 'Bonjour, Italia!'


PARIS -- TV viewers in Italy will now be able to watch France 24 on digital terrestrial television without crossing borders, with the Gallic international news channel signing a deal with Italian broadcaster Telecentro Toscana, the companies announced Wednesday.

As of midnight Wednesday, about 56% of Italians with digital terrestrial decoders will have access to France 24's French-language news service.

The channel is set to air in Italy's main urban areas (excluding Sicily and Sardinia) and is expected to reach about 2.6 million households. France 24 is already available to more than 4 million households in Italy on satellite TV via Sky Italia and free-to-air on Hot Bird and Astra 1. Just six months after its launch, France 24 will broadcast to more than 7.6 million Italians.