Almost 300 news channels now available in Europe

There are almost 300 news channels currently available in Europe, with 214 based in the continent and a further 80 broadcast there from elsewhere, according to new research by the European Audiovisual Observatory. 

The study says that of the 214 Europe-based channels, approximately 110 are national news channels and around 60 have a pan-European, global or international remit.

More than 80% of news channels belong to private companies, while the number of news channels available over free DTT has risen to 43, compared to 16 four years ago, said the report.

The channels with the widest distribution were CNN International with a reach of 38 countries, followed by BBC World News in 37 countries, Russia Today in 35 and AL Jazeera and Euronews – both in English – each available in 33 countries.

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