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Ariana News Airs Five Programs From BBC Persian

03 Dec 2019 Ariana News

The BBC Persian TV has added its five programs to the schedule of Afghanistan’s leading TV channels, Ariana News. According to this collaboration, the Ariana News, a part of Ariana Radio & Television Network (ATN), will now broadcast BBC Persian’s the flagship news and analysis program Shast Daqiqa (60 Minutes), Saturday to Wednesday, and the weekly programmes: the current-affairs programme Safheh Do (Page 2 weekend), the interview programme Ba-ebarat-e-Digar (HARDtalk), the debate programme Pargar (Compass), and the guide to digital technology, Click. BBC Persian has a global weekly audience of 21m on TV, radio, website and social media. It currently reaches around 8.5m people in Afghanistan every week. The BBC reaches 12.1 m people in Afghanistan every week, 59% of the adult population, with content from BBC News Afghanistan in Dari and Pashto, BBC News Persian, BBC News Uzbek and the BBC English-language news content on TV, radio and digital. The BBC World Service Director of Business Development, Simon Kendall, says: “We are delighted that through this new partnership with Ariana News a suite of BBC News Persian programs will be available to audiences in Afghanistan. We are excited to be increasing BBC presence on TV in the region and we hope that audiences will enjoy our programs alongside our digital and audio offer. We look forward to working with Ariana as we establish this important new agreement.” ATN Group’s Managing Director, Ali Kasemi says that the collaboration between the two TV channels is an opportunity for Ariana News “to bring the world to Afghan viewers.” “ATN was founded in 2005 with a mission to provide our viewers with a ‘Window to the World’ so that all Afghans could watch, share, and enjoy the best global news, entertainment, sports and information from around the world,” adds Kasemi. “We are very proud to be adding BBC News Persian’s award-winning programming to our content package, and we see this partnership as an exciting continuation of our commitment to bring the world to Afghan viewers and families around the nation.” Shast Daqiqa will air at 23.00 Kabul Time Saturday to Wednesday; Pargar – 12.00 on Sundays; Ba-ebarat-e-Digar – 20.30 on Tuesdays; Safheh Do – 23.00 on Thursdays; Click – 21.30 on Fridays. BBC Persian TV is broadcast via satellite (Hotbird, YahSat and Telstar 12) and is streamed live online on BBC Persian official website and YouTube channel. The BBC Persian also reaches its audience via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Telegram. BBC Persian radio broadcasts are visualized, enabling audiences to also watch radio programs on TV and digital platforms.

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