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« on: January 12, 2009, 12:46:12 PM »

BBC Persian-Language Service Sets Launch Date


LONDON, January 8: On January 14, BBC World Service is set to launch its news and information channel for Persian-language speakers in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and elsewhere around the world.

 

BBC Persian TV is intended to reach consumers on a variety of platforms: radio, television, the Internet, mobile phones and handheld computers. Broadcast from the BBC studios in London, BBC Persian TV will be available for eight hours a day, seven days a week, from 5 p.m. Tehran time. It will be accessible to anyone with a satellite dish or cable connection in the region, via Hotbird and Telstar satellites. It will also be streamed live online on bbcpersian.com.

 

In addition to news and information, it will feature several original factual programs, such as a weekly youth show, as well as strands on music, arts and culture, science and technology and sport. A documentary showcase will highlight the best Iranian, Afghani and Tajik documentary making. The rollout follows last year's launch of BBC Arabic.

 

"The launch of BBC Persian TV is an event of major importance for the BBC and for audiences in the region," said Nigel Chapman, the director of BBC World Service. "Using the power of television, it will bring 'the world to its viewers', and thus meet the needs of audiences who tell us that they want more access to the BBC's high-quality news and information services. We want this BBC channel to set new standards in Persian-language television broadcasting. BBC Persian TV builds on our distinguished history of broadcasting in Persian and brings the best of the BBC's news and documentary programs to audiences."


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Great news !   By its very existence - this channel will increase the Pan Persian feeling - raising the conciosuness of the masses about the all Persian speakers....even though it will have an agenda of its own - its primary aim will be to attract viewers....

It will be of great significance in the upcomming months - since Iran will be having an election aswell as Afghanistan - and major new polcicies will be implemented by the US in our region....

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2009, 02:53:58 PM »

Thanks for the article, and what I really like about BBC is that it considers Persian as the language of Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan, while Voice of America (VOA), has Dari as a separate language, from Afghanistan.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009, 04:31:45 AM »

Thanks for the article, and what I really like about BBC is that it considers Persian as the language of Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan, while Voice of America (VOA), has Dari as a separate language, from Afghanistan.

I watched some of the initial programs of BBC Persian - it was very Iran centric - and some thogh not all of the presenter had very heavly Tehrani accents - which is not an ideal thing to have...since it makes it seem distant to the Khawaran peope like us.  I have heard some of of the professors of from Tehran university speak - and their tone and accent is far more clear and discernable - familiar to my ears than the common Tehrani accent.

It is a good step - and it is not just news - it has other programmes also... like Top Gear and many Persian Farhangi programmes.


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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2009, 05:46:43 AM »

Tahir Qadiry, an Afghanistani Presenter for BBC TV's 60 minute, told me that the TV have been divded by three and there will be equal amount of programs for Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan.


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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2009, 09:02:17 AM »

Thanks for good news. I hope it be another good step for Uniting Tajiks.

If any can do this; could you share some programs from that channel with youtube or any video upload sites? Really worrying about the content.
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2009, 09:13:23 AM »

Tahir Qadiry, an Afghanistani Presenter for BBC TV's 60 minute, told me that the TV have been divded by three and there will be equal amount of programs for Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan.

I am not sure who you mean by Tahir Qadery - but the 60 minute programme I watched so far had a guy with the very heavy Tehrani accent - not from Afghanistan - unless there are several presenters for that programme.

With every move - the bias of each TV station is being cancelled out by others..... what is the situation with the TVs in the US that run by diaspora from Afghanistan?

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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2009, 10:22:57 AM »

Most of the times I have watched the channel seems that concentration is too much on Iran and Middle East. They should make a programme for young people in which young people from the three countries can talk to each other like talk show or something. This help bring poeple closer together and also they should make good documentaries about all these three countries because many people don't know enough about these three brotherly nations.
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2009, 09:43:26 AM »

Most of the times I have watched the channel seems that concentration is too much on Iran and Middle East. They should make a programme for young people in which young people from the three countries can talk to each other like talk show or something. This help bring poeple closer together and also they should make good documentaries about all these three countries because many people don't know enough about these three brotherly nations.

Dear Shinnno,

Indeed it seems to be heavily focused on Iran - with an overwhelming majority of its presenters using the Tehrani accents/dialect for the programmes. I think with time they will add more relevant programming for a the wider audience.... even though it is still a good addition for it provides an additional perspective.

I have all most of the channels relating to Afghanistan...and wathc with laughter at how the dfferent channel report the same events or one reports and the other does not..... I find the RTA - the givernment channel is the worst in term of providing a realisitc view of the events... it tends to fudge everything and makes out that everything is progressing well....sometimes even failing to report bombings in Kabul.  Aljazeera and BBC farsi compensate well for it.
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