APTN to launch French language national news program

APTN will launch a new French language national news program later this month.

Nouvelles Nationales d’APTN will debut Aug. 26. The weekly program will air on aptn e in Eastern Canada Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Nouvelles Nationales d’APTN will be the network’s first French national news program intended for an Indigenous audience.

“A French news program was in the works for a long time. At last, we are proud to launch this brand-new program on APTN,” APTN CEO Jean La Rose said in a news release Thursday.

The show will be anchored and co-produced by Sophie Claude Miller, who hails from the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi, in Eeyou Istchee territory near James Bay.

The new half-hour program will focus on the 11 First Nations in Quebec and issues of national interest from other parts of Canada. It will profile community members and feature investigations, extended news stories and interviews to put the weekly news into perspective.

The program’s first guest will be Danielle Rochette, a recently retired Huron-Wendat journalist who worked as APTN National News’ Quebec correspondent for 14 years.

A website dedicated to the program is scheduled to be published in the fall. In the meantime, more information is available on the program’s Facebook and Twitter channels.


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