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I24news is an Israeli international 24-hour news and current affairs television channel located in Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv, Israel. It broadcasts in French, English and Arabic. The channel’s owner is Patrick Drahi, and the CEO is Frank Melloul. The network began broadcasting in the US on 13 February 2017. The English channel is broadcast from New York between 6 and 10 p.m. Eastern Time and at other times broadcasts from Israel.
I24news started broadcasting in Israel on August 29, 2018. It is offered in France (including the French West Indies), Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland and across the African continent. The channel is also streamed live on its website in all three languages.
The channel signed an agreement enabling it to be broadcast in Germany on Kabel Deutschland. i24news was initially broadcast in the United States via the Jewish Life Television network, but following the acquisition of Cablevision by Drahl-owned Altice USA (formerly Cablevision with a public brand of Optimum), i24NEWS is now broadcast on the Optimum channel 14, and its distribution is limited to Drahl-owned Optimum and Suddenlink systems.
I24news channel went live on 17 July 2013. Melloul stated that it would battle prejudice and ignorance about Israel with “facts and diversity.” Arab Israeli journalist Lucy Aharish was the lead anchor of the English-language branch of the channel from July 2013 until she resigned in January 2016.
On 8 December 2016 all programming on the English channel officially ended in preparation for launching in America. The channel broadcast 10 minutes of news on the Hour from 8 am to 11 pm (local time) and replaced “Morning Edition”, “The Daily Beat” and “The Lineup” with a 26-minute news bulletin, repeated at half past.
The launch of i24NEWS in the United States was announced on 27 January 2017. The channel is operated out of headquarters Jaffa. Live programming in the US is broadcast from Times Square in New York with an additional bureau in Washington, DC. Approximately 50 journalists were hired to staff the two locations.
The channel uses resources from its Jaffa headquarters. Among the first journalists hired were Michelle Makori, anchor and editor-in-chief, David Shuster who is also a managing editor and Dan Raviv (a 40+ year veteran of CBS News). The channel acquired many of its debut behind-the-scenes talent from the former Al Jazeera America. Haaretz, in a report on 2 December 2019, indicated that i24 News, in order to secure an English broadcast license, gave Benjamin Netanyahu more positive coverage.
I24news English news anchor
- Michelle Makori
- Tracy Alexander
- Nurit Ben
- Calev Ben David
- Emily Francis
- Ayman Sikseck
- Sarah Coates
- Barbara Opal-Rome
- Eylon Levy
- Jeff Smith
- Nurit Zunger
- Michael Shure
I24news English Programming
- ClearCut Plus
- Daily Dose
- i24News Desk
- The Rundown
I24news TV Schedule
- i24NEWS Newsdesk
Weekdays 6AM, 7AM,11AM, 12PM, 2PM, 3PM EST Sunday 6:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM
Live news updates throughout the day from around the world.
- Daily Dose
Weekdays 8-9AM EST
Start your day with Jeff Smith as he hosts an intelligent and exciting mix of news, culture, technology and live coverage of breaking news in The Middle East, The U.S. and around the world.
- Cheddar News AM Edition
Weekdays 9-11AM EST
The top political stories, business and market news, and trending stories from the Web.
- The Rundown
Weekdays 1-2PM EST
Nurit Ben and Calev Ben-David break down the need-to-know news from around the world in a fast-paced and engaging format.
- Cheddar News Now
M-TH 4-5PM EST, Fri 2-5PM EST
Live national and international headlines from Cheddar’s studios in New York and Hollywood
Sat & Sun 6-7PM EST
Carlos Gurovich and Damian Pachter bring you news and analysis of the most important issues of the Middle East and Israel with the impact on the Spanish speaking world.
- Strictly Security
Sat 7-8PM EST
Your weekly look into the latest major international conflicts, as well as an in-depth analysis of the ongoing global security issues and innovations in military technology, cyberspace, and strategic affairs.
Sat 8-9PM EST
Sarah Williamson is your source for what’s new in technology, culture, arts and entertainment direct from the people creating the buzz.
- Holy Land Uncovered
Sun 1-2 PM EST
Host Jordana Miller explores the weekly magazine by providing an in-depth and unique understanding of faith and religion within the region and its historical origins.
- Israel Business Weekly
Sun 9:00 PM
Israel Business Weekly is a magazine program bringing you an insider’s look into the latest break-throughs out of the ‘Start Up Nation’ and the vibrant and broad business relationship between Israel and the U.S