Euronews is to close its iconic headquarters in Lyon, which featured prominently in its news bulletins.
According to French media outlets, Euronews will cut 198 jobs and move its operations to Brussels. The channel was bought out by Alpac Capital after a disastrous decade for the channel, which saw NBC News abandon plans to revamp the service and it almost run out of money.
Euronews only moved into its current Lyon HQ building (pictured above) eight years ago, in the heart of the city’s Confluence District. In 2018, Euronews English adopted a new look that featured the unique-looking HQ in the opening titles of various news programmes.
Recent cuts at Euronews
- Euronews French is no longer distributed on free-to-air satellite. The service on Astra 19.2 closed on 28th February.
- Euronews English no longer carries presenter-led news programmes. Many such programmes were abruptly brought to an end in 2019. Since then, its main weekday morning and evening news bulletins did continue to feature an in-studio anchor. These shows were phased out in the last year. But some of these now cancelled programmes still appear in some programme guides. Instead, the news bulletins have reverted back to the traditional voiceover format.
New look to mark 30th anniversary
To mark its 30th anniversary on air, the channel phased in a new look (pictured above) across its language services at the beginning of February, with a side strip of tweets relating to current news stories. The positioning of the logo and remaining on-screen captions away from the sidebar allows the centre third to be used for mobile / vertical video use.