Afghan TV news back on air

Afghan TV is once again broadcasting regular news from all over the world, for the first time since the end of the Taliban regime.

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By  Marcus Webb Published  August 22, 2002

Afghan TV is once again broadcasting regular news from all over the world, for the first time since the end of the Taliban regime.

The programmes are produced by German international broadcaster DW TV (Deutsche Welle TV) and recorded with Afghan presenters. The broadcast is then transferred via satellite to Kabul where DW TV has installed all the necessary equipment at Afghan TV.

DW TV broadcasts ten minutes of world news each day at 1930 local time (1700 CET) in the two languages of the country, Dari and Pashtu. Furthermore, every week DW TV will produce about one-and-a-half hours of additional programming. These broadcasts, also in Dari and Pashtu, will be sent to Kabul by courier.

There are no restrictions whatsoever by the Afghan government on the political content of the news broadcasts. However, noted television director Christoph Lanz at DW TV said that a culturally sensitive approach would be adopted with regards to pictures and sound.

All the services of DW TV are free of charge and the cooperation between the two TV stations is initially planned for one year.

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