BBC World Service has begun broadcasting daily Uzbek-language radio programming on Saraish Radio 91.1 FM, extending its reach in northwestern Afghanistan.
Saraish Radio 91.1 FM, a private station that targets women and covers sensitive issues such as women’s education and role in society, broadcasts to audiences in the Jowzjan and Sar-e Pol provinces with large ethnic Uzbek population. The BBC Uzbek program airs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. local time. Uzbek is widely spoken in the area covered by Saraish Radio.
“Everyone at Radio Saraish is excited about our cooperation with the BBC,” said Saraish Radio Founder and President, Farida Rahim Azizi. “Thanks to this new arrangement, BBC radio will reach Uzbek-speakers in our region, bringing them unbiased, objective news and information. This is an excellent development for Saraish Radio and our listeners.”
With more than 20 years of its existence, BBC Uzbek is part of BBC World Service.