TV5MONDE has been named as Kinshasa 2023's official broadcaster ©CNJF

French company TV5MONDE is set to air this year's Francophone Games in Kinshasa after being recruited as the event's official broadcaster.

The Opening Ceremony, scheduled to take place on July 28 and Closing Ceremony on August 6, are due to be shown on all eight of its channels.

These cover countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Several heads of state of the 55 participating nations are expected to attend the event, as well as official representatives of the International Organisation of Francophone.

A total of 60 hours of footage will be broadcast by TV5MONDE, which is a member of the European Broadcast Union, which includes daily summaries and the cultural elements of the Games.

Creative dance, song, storytelling, street art, balloon juggling, puppeteering, and hip-hop performances are all scheduled to take place throughout the event. 

On the final day of competition, a 52-minute summary programme of the Games is due to be broadcast.

TV5MONDE plans to broadcast 60 hours of coverage from the Francophone Games in Kinshasa ©TV5MONDE
TV5MONDE plans to broadcast 60 hours of coverage from the Francophone Games in Kinshasa ©TV5MONDE

TV5MONDE will be sending correspondents to Kinshasa with their reports also due to appear in French newspaper Le Monde as well as the Journal Afrique.

B-One Television, based in host nation the Democratic Republic of Congo, has also signed a partnership to broadcast the Games.

Organising Committee CNJF is hoping to seal more agreements with media outlets prior to the Games' beginning.

"The CNJF wants to conclude agreements with several other television channels, radio, print media and with some influencers for a good appropriation by national public opinion of the Games of La Francophonie," read a CNJF statement.

Kinshasa 2023 is set to be the ninth edition of the Francophone Games after it was awarded the hosting rights in 2019.

Dieppe in Canada was originally given the Games in April 2016 but relinquished the rights in 2019 due to funding issues.

The Games were then set to take place in Kinshasa in 2021 but were moved to 2022 to avoid clashing with the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games before being postponed once again last year.