VOA targets Iranian youth

The Voice of America's Farsi Service has launched Next Chapter, a satellite broadcast television program aimed at the youth of Iran.

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By  Marcus Webb Published  November 19, 2002

The Voice of America's (VOA) Farsi Service has launched Next Chapter, a satellite broadcast television program aimed at the youth of Iran. The first Farsi-language international television broadcast to target young audiences in the country, VOA claim that “Next Chapter offers fresh, informative and entertaining reporting on news, current events, and life in the United States.” Iranian writer, actor, and director, Parviz Sayyad hosted the first programme and launched a discussion about the potential role of Iran in the world community.

According to VOA, the one-hour programme will include coverage of international news, entertainment, music, sports, environmental issues, college life, and technology. The programme is written and produced by a team of young journalists of Iranian descent, and originates from VOA’s world headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Next Chapter will air on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. local time in Iran, via satellite broadcast on Asiasat 2, Hotbird 3 and New Sky. Creator and executive producer Ahmad Baharloo believes that the program has the potential to reach as many as 40 million people under 30 in Iran. "However," he added, "anybody who can think young is invited to join us."

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to a worldwide audience of 94 million people.

VOA currently broadcast six hours of daily radio programming in Farsi and a weekly 90-minute news and discussion television program entitled Roundtable With You.

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