Iran General NewsBBC to launch Persian-language TV channel

BBC to launch Persian-language TV channel

-

ImageAP: The BBC said Thursday it will launch a Persian-language TV channel next week that can be seen in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and elsewhere, despite Iranian claims that it will be used to recruit spies.

The Associated Press

By MEERA SELVA

ImageLONDON (AP) — The BBC said Thursday it will launch a Persian-language TV channel next week that can be seen in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and elsewhere, despite Iranian claims that it will be used to recruit spies.

BBC Persian TV, to start up on Wednesday, will broadcast news and programs on arts and sports available via cable, satellite and internet providers.

Iran's official news agency IRNA accused the British broadcaster a month ago of trying to recruit Iranians for "espionage and psychological warfare."

BBC spokesman Mike Gardner said the British Broadcasting Corp.'s only goal is to report on world events in an impartial and editorially independent manner.

But he conceded that his company has a complex relationship with the Iranian authorities.

"We request permission to have accreditation for our BBC Persian correspondents. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don't. We continue to seek interviews with officials at all levels of government. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don't," Gardner said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

BBC Persian TV will be the broadcaster's second foreign-language TV channel. It launched BBC Arabic last year.

But the company has run a Persian-language radio service since 1940, and it operates a Persian-language news site online.

Gardner said the BBC had been refused permission to broadcast on Iran's main networks, and that its online service is partially blocked within the country.

The broadcaster has a bureau in Tehran for its English-language service but has not been allowed to open a bureau for its Persian-language service.

BBC Persian TV will be broadcast from London every day, from 1330 to 2130 GMT.

In addition to Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, it will be received Britain, Dubai and most other countries in the Persian Gulf through Hotbird and Telstar satellite and cable services.

Latest news

Grim Tidings for Iran’s Regime After Approval of UN Fact-Finding Mission

After many discussions and debates, the United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a fact-finding mission to investigate the...

Iranian People’s Resistance Changed the Appeasement Policy

Soon after the new US government started its obligations in January 2021, hand in hand with the European governments...

Khamenei’s Disgraceful Campaign Against Piranshahr and Javanrud, Who Will Be the Loser?

On the 67th day of Iran’s revolution, the Iranian regime attempted to put a halt to the protests in...

Iran: Expensive Medicine, Cheap Human Life

A look at the equipment and weapons that the Iranian regime has been using against its people to suppress...

Who Is Abolqasem Salavati Iran Regime’s Killer Judge?

Last week, it was announced that the case of several people who were arrested during the Iranian People's uprising...

Iran Revolution Characteristics

More than two months have passed since the start of the latest round of protests in Iran against the...

Must read

Iran’s Rafsanjani “one of us”: ultra-conservative figure

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 22 – The leader...

Iran – Silent Increase in the Price of Fruit, Sweets, Chocolate, and Train Tickets

By Jubin Katiraie According to a survey by Iran’s Parliamentary...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you