It is a network of regional television services providing daily news programming and around ten hours of entertainment and cultural programming produced for and about the regions each week. The channel also broadcasts various national programming and national and international news from Paris.
France 3 is the second largest French public television channel and part of the France Télévisions group, which also includes France 2, France 4, France 5, and France Ô.
It is made up of a network of regional television services providing daily news programming and around ten hours of entertainment and cultural programming produced for and about the regions each week. The channel also broadcasts various national programming and national and international news from Paris.
12|13 is broadcast every day between 11:45 and 13:00 CET, presented by Samuel Étienne on weekdays and Catherine Matausch at weekends.
A typical edition of 12|13 consists of national news headlines at 11:45 followed by an Outre-Mer bulletin from the studios of RFO Paris at 11:50. The regional opt-out bulletins (midi-pile) air at noon, followed by the national news from 12:25-12:55 CET.
France 3´s flagship evening news programming block, 19|20, airs nightly between 18:40 and 20:00 CET. The nationwide sections of 19|20 are presented by Carole Gaessler from Monday to Thursday and Catherine Matausch from Friday to Sunday.
A typical edition of 19|20 opens with a short summary of the national and regional headlines. This is then followed by an opt-out for either regional news or local features, with the main regional news airing after this at 19:00. The national news concludes the programming block at 19:30.
Soir 3, broadcast every night at 22:30 CET, is the network´s late night news programme, presented by Stéphane Lippert (ad interim) on weeknights and Francis Letellier at weekends.
One of France 3´s most well-known programmes is Plus belle la vie, a recurring soap opera based in the fictional neighbourhood of Mistral, Marseille. The show has garnered critical acclaim within France and commands one of the highest viewing figures for the channel.
Quiz shows make up an important part of the channel´s schedule. Word and numbers game Des chiffres et des lettres and general knowledge show Questions pour un Champion both make regular appearances in the daytime.
Other well-known programmes are personality talk show Vie privée, vie publique, (Private life, Public Life), Thalassa, a programme about all things concerning the sea, magazine show Des racines et des ailes and children´s science show C´est pas sorcier. Cookery and home-improvement shows also feature, with Côté Cuisine, Côté Jardin and A Table!. Live music shows also feature weekly. Taratata focuses on rock music, whilst Chabada rediscovers forgotten French pop songs. A selection of these programmes are also broadcast internationally, via TV5MONDE.
Amongst the programmes imported by France 3, British dramas feature promintently. Popular detective dramas A Touch of Frost, Lewis, Inspector George Gently and Midsomer Murders are shown and have different title names, such as Inspecteur Frost, Inspecteur Lewis and Inspecteur Barnaby.
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