The World: Paris - Government backs news channel launch by 2006

The French minister of culture and communication, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, has announced plans which will allow CFII, a French-language news channel, to launch by 2006.

France Television will have a leading role in the new company formed to launch the channel and the French government has already allocated 65 million for the launch.

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The station will be broadcast on cable, satellite and the Canalplay video-on-demand channel. Its revenue will comprise 70 per cent operators' fees and 30 per cent advertising.