Radio Farda Planned by BBG

Radio Farda Planned by BBG
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With Radio Sawa considered a success, Norm Pattiz and his colleagues who oversee U.S. international broadcasting are targeting a new demo: young Iranians.
A Persian-language radio station run by the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty will begin airing in December, targeting listeners in Iran under the age of 30.
The U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors said programming would be sent via medium-wave AM, shortwave, satellite and the Internet.
"Radio Farda" means "Radio Tomorrow." It will be operated from Washington and Prague, with news, information, and Persian and Western music. The VOA's existing Farsi service on shortwave is not affected, BBG said, adding that the $8 million-a-year budget will come from existing funds.
Pattiz is chairman of the BBG's Middle East Committee; he also was involved in the creation of Radio Sawa, an Arabic-language station.


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