Radio Farda Consolidates Management

Move is said to streamline operations.
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The Broadcasting Board of Governors consolidated the management of Radio Farda under Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

RFE/RL and the Voice of America had jointly operated the Persian-language radio and Internet service since its inception in 2002.

Radio Farda airs political, cultural and economic news, sports and Western and Persian music to Iran. BBG says the new structure is designed to streamline operations of Radio Farda, which will continue broadcasts from Washington and Prague. It said Radio Farda’s flagship program, “Evening Magazine,” which airs at 6:30 p.m. in Tehran, will be unaffected.

VOA will continue its management of the VOA Persian News Network, broadcasting TV programming via satellite to Iran, of which four hours are simulcast on radio. The network broadcasts a daily one-hour radio morning show and runs a 24/7 daily Internet operation.


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