TV5Monde Lines Up Presidential Election Coverage


TV5Monde USA will provide live coverage of the U.S. presidential election for the first time on Tuesday.

The French-language channel, which also covered the presidential debates from Belmont University in Nashville on Oct. 7 and the forum at Hofstra University on Oct. 15, will kick off its coverage at 5 p.m. (ET) on Nov. 4 and extend its reporting until 11 p.m., with live broadcasts from New York, Paris and Dakar.

Based in New York, Philippe Dessaint will host the discussions and coverage, including direct reports from both Barack Obama’s and John McCain’s campaign headquarters.  Throughout the evening, French journalist Denise Epoté will comment on the reactions of personalities from the African continent, relayed from Dakar, through multiple news broadcasts and interviews. David Delos will contribute by summarizing voting results..

In Paris, TV5Monde, in partnership with France24 and RFI, will set up a main studio at Cinéaqua, in the Trocadéro Gardens. There, Xavier Lambrechts and Estelle Martin will  interview politicians, researchers, economists, sociologists and historians.

The network is also continuing to cover the election on its Web site.