BBC Persian Television owned by BBC Global News is British Broadcasting Corporation’s Persian service launched on Jan 14, 2009. It is carried through satellite and is also available online to 110m Persian and Dari speaking audiences in Iran Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. At present the global news service is headquartered in Broadcasting House, London.
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Background, Funding and Reception
Financed by Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the annual budget of the station was set to be £15 initially. The channel enjoys editorial independence without getting influenced by the British state. However, some of the Iranian media and those from regime have accused British government of using the channel as propaganda tool against Iranian state. Iranian government in its statement has stated the channel as involved in suspicious activities and working against the interests of Islamic Republic. The station shifted to License Fee funding on April 1, 2014. The audience share of British Broadcasting Corporations Persian service as of 2017 is 13m.
Hot Bird and Jamming Controversies
Iran in June 2009 jammed the transmissions of BBC Arabic TV and BBC Persian propagating through Hot Bird Satellite. BBC Persian retaliating the censoring measures shifted on other satellites to counter the interference and also increased its broadcast hours to secure its broadcasts. The Persian service has been accused by the Iranian regime of supporting the rallies and propaganda organized against the Islamic rule in the country. However, BBC has consistently refuted such claims.
The Jamming of the signals once lifted by BBC, was reintroduced on Dec 20, 2009 as BBC expanded its coverage given to the death of reformist cleric Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Ali Montazeri and the subsequent public rallies and protests in reaction. The broadcasts from Hot Bird 6 satellite were stopped on Dec 28, 2009 and were shifted to Eutelsat W2m, Telstar 12 and Atlantic Bird 4A satellites. On May 26, 2010, following some brief test transmissions, it made its return on Hot Bird 6 on a different frequency. In Feb 2011 the service would once again suffer jamming of its signals which prompted it to shift to a test card while only producing audio feed. However, the channel returned to Hotbird again and is available there since Feb 2012. At present the station uses a very little output of foreign reporters and mostly relies on the user-generated news and social media recordings. Iranian authorities froze the assets of 152 contributors linked with the service while also detaining the BBC World Service Trust employee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe previously in 2016.
The coverage of 2009 Iranian General Elections is considered as a highlighted event in the history of the station as it continuously updated the audiences with happenings in and outside Iran. Accordingly recognized, the station bagged the status of “Clearest coverage of a single news event – television from Association for International Broadcasting. It also received the 12th annual Hot Bird TV Awards on Nov 20, 2009.
The channel broadcast 8 hours of daily programming originating from London. The rolling hour news and current affairs is accompanied by documentaries, interviews, cultural programs, business and arts programs and more. The Entertainment and Business programs include Top Gear and BBC Sound dubbed and subbed in Persian.
- Jamaluddin Mousavi
- Fardad Farahzad
- Najieh Ghulami
- Farnaz Ghazizadeh
- Nader Soltanpour
- Nafiseh Kohnavard
- Majid Afshar
Here is the official-website for more info, programs and live stream: www.bbc.com/persian