CNews for the first time at the top of the news channels over a full week

by time news

2023-12-11 17:18:00

This is the first time, since its creation in 2017, that CNews has ranked as the number one news channel over a full week. Between Monday 4 and Sunday 10 December, the channel achieved an audience share of 2.7%, ahead of BFMTV (2.5%), until then the immovable leader of the news channels. LCI (1.6%) is third and the public channel France Info brings up the rear (0.8%), according to figures from Médiamétrie.
“This is historic since the creation of CNews,” welcomed the channel in a press release. This performance confirms its rise in power. In November, CNews had narrowed the gap between it and BFMTV over a full month (2.5% versus 2.8%). In October, it achieved its best monthly audience since its creation (2.7%).

Professional Timeengine of CNews audiences

CNews belongs to the Canal+ group, itself controlled by Vivendi, the group of billionaire Vincent Bolloré. Regularly accused by left-wing figures of promoting the ultra-conservative ideas attributed to Vincent Bolloré, CNews was created in 2017 from the ashes of iTélé. A massive strike took place there in 2016 after Mr. Bolloré took control.

For the week of December 4 to 10, the audiences for CNews stars Pascal Praud, Christine Kelly, Sonia Mabrouk, Laurence Ferrari and Eliot Deval all increased compared to the same period the previous year.
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The talk show Professional Time by Pascal Praud is broadcast twice a day. Its morning version (Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) attracted 442,000 viewers every day this week (+10% compared to last year), and its evening version (Monday to Thursday from 8 p.m. h:05 to 8:55 p.m.) 852,000 viewers (+ 23.8%). The morning audience of Professional Time makes CNews the second national channel (counting all the channels and not just the news channels) at this time, she indicated.

In February, during a conference at the Sciences Po journalism school in Paris, the president of Arcom (the media regulator), Roch-Olivier Maistre, addressed the case of CNews. He declared that the channel “strictly respects political pluralism” from the point of view of speaking time, as required by law, while judging that it “comes closer to an opinion channel” in the manner of American conservative television Fox News.

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