At yesterday’s ceremony to present the 18th Grand Prix des Médias CB News awards, Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews and Africanews, was presented with the “Best Launch” award for Africanews.
7 September 2016 – Africanews, (Your Voice), the first pan-African and multilingual news media, has received its first award a few months after launching.
The judging panel of the Grand Prix awards of CB News – the French magazine devoted tocommunication, marketing and media – rewards innovation in the media industry.
In commending Africanews, the judges highlighted the successful launch of this all-African media outlet, and handed a first award to the team, based in Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo. The 50-strong team, from 15 African countries, were represented by MichaelPeters, accompagnied by François Chignac, Director of Editorial Development,Nathalie Wakam, Deputy Editor in Chief, and Tokunbo Salako , Senior Journalist.
Launched in 2016 (digital in January, TV in April), Africanews stands out as the first pan-African multilingual media source produced simultaneously in French and English, and offering coverage of global and African news from a sub-Saharan perspective. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Euronews SA, Africanews is funded by advertising and distribution. Africanews shares the same editorial charter as its European sister outlet, Euronews.
“I warmly congratulate Africanews and Euronews teams who worked closely together to organise and launch Africanews, which aims to provide African audiences with a unique perspective on news from around the world and the continent. In just a few months, Africanews has made its mark in Africa through its tone and its coverage of current affairs in a fast-moving continent, which reflects its primary purpose: to show diversity in order to give Africa its rightful place in the world of news.”
Every year, CB News rewards innovation in the media. A judging panel of industry professionals and experts (journalists, media and advertising agency chiefs, advertisers) gathers to analyse the media landscape of the past 12 months and announce the winners of the 17 category awards and the overall Grand Prix des Médias 2016. The awards ceremony was hosted by David Abiker, a French TV and radio journalist and commentator.