Son directeur général, Gérard Saint Paul (ancien de Arte notamment, autre chaîne eurabienne dépendant juridiquement du Quai d'Orsay français) nous livre les détails de l'accouchement imminent, dans une interview à Asharq Alawsat. On y apprend notamment que Le bureau central des correspondants étrangers sera situé... à Beyrouth, puisque c'est là que se passent les choses, le reste du monde étant nettement moins intéressant...
The network will have a single office with a stable team, though not large in number, in the Beirut. Why the Lebanese capital? Because it is a city that is very close to us and we have a deep affection for it. Also, it is geographically located in the center of the Arab world so it facilitates movement to various countries in the region – and it is always at the heart of events. We also have some reporters in areas that are of lesser importance in terms of events, such as China and Japan, among others."
Les sources d'info? Les émules-imams de Soha Bechara ont de beaux jours devant eux:
We will not risk sending correspondents to dangerous areas [...] We have already found a solution to this problem by collaborating with French networks already present in these hot spots, and so this way we can have mutually beneficial contributions from these reporters.
La ligne éditoriale? Ouvertement euro-arabe:
What we will offer is a wider vision that is different from what others present, and this of course, will be affected by the historical and emotional relationship between France and Lebanon, as well as the closeness of the relations between France and the Arab world.
France 24 n'aime pas parler «ethnique»? L'Asie étant le centre des préoccupations de France 24, les 25% de «diversité géographique» vont venir à coup sûr du Royaume du Mustang !
We have considered this a primary concern, the different geographic roots of the channel's staff. I do not refer to ethnic roots because I do not like this word.[...] This geographical diversity will be visible onscreen and will amount to approximately 25 percent at the beginning, with plans to increase in later developments.