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VOA Launches Daily Russian TV News Program

Focus debuted live at 1500 UTC on Monday, 18 April.

Washington, D.C., April 18, 2005 – The Voice of America (VOA) today launched a live, 30-minute, daily Russian-language television news broadcast called Obektiv (Focus). The evening program will feature the day’s top news as well as behind-the-headlines reports on news and events of interest to Russian-speaking audiences.

“These broadcasts will offer more opportunities for our audiences in Russia and Central Asia to receive the latest Washington and world news from the Voice of America on television as well as through radio and the Internet,” said VOA Director David S. Jackson.

Focus airs daily at 1500 UTC and 1630 UTC on Eutelsat Hotbird, and at 1630 UTC on Asiasat. Downlink information:

Eutelsat Hotbird 3 DigitalAsiasat 2 Digital
13 Degrees East 100.5 Degrees East
Freq:12.226 GHz Polarization: Horizontal
FEC: 3/4 Downlinking Freq: 3880 MHz
Symbol Rate: 27.5 MS/s FEC: 1/2
Typical L-band Freq: 1476 MHz Symbol Rate: 24.6 MS/s
Local Oscillator (LO) freq: 10.75GHz
Signal Polarization: Vertical Network ID#1:
H-pol setting to provide 19V to LNB for High Ku-band.
Network ID#4: V-pol setting to provide 13V for polarizer control

Focus joins the popular VOA Russian program Window on the World, a weekly half-hour TV magazine program airing on Russia’s TV-3. VOA also airs 3 hours of Russian-language programming daily on shortwave. Programs are available live and on demand at their web page

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of 100 million people. Programs are produced in Russian and 43 other languages.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 401-7000, or e-mail

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