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France 24 launches new iPhone app

France 24 has launched a new iPhone app that offers location-specific news services.

The free app is available in English, French and Arabic, and is compatible with the iPad. It gives full access to all France 24 programmes live or on-demand, allowing viewers to replay all broadcasts over the previous two months. In addition, a mapping tool allows users to find news according to their location thanks to France 24’s automatic and geographical referencing of news articles and videos.

Articles and videos are sorted into geographical zones, including France, Africa, Middle-East, Europe, the Americas and Pacific Asia as well as by category including sports, culture, health, economy and technology, ecology, news reports and weather.

The app also enables users to interact with editors by sending in their own photos and videos.

The French broadcaster’s first iPhone app has been downloaded over one million times.

Separately, France 24 has signed a carriage deal with Russian pay-TV operator NTV Plus. The channel is available in the basic package.