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VOA Persian Expands to Four Hours of Daily TV Broadcasts

One-hour "News Talk" presents discussion of top news stories

Washington D.C., October 6, 2006 - Voice of America (VOA) adds a fourth hour of daily Persian-language television broadcasts to Iran beginning Sunday. News Talk, an hour-long program featuring a panel of experts discussing the day's top news stories, will debut on October 8 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Iran.

News Talk will open VOA's daily four-hour Persian-language television block every day with a brief recap of the day's top headlines. The show will also feature in-depth discussions of the issues of greatest concern to Iranians. News Talk will close with a segment on worldwide media coverage of Iran. Sunday's debut broadcast, hosted by Jamshid Chaharlengi, will look at the nuclear issue in Iran.

After News Talk comes News and Views, Roundtable With You, and Late Edition, all one-hour shows that constitute a four-hour daily block of Persian-language television broadcast by satellite to Iran. News and Views, which debuted in 2003, features correspondent reports, interviews, and the top news stories from Washington and around the world. Roundtable With You, which debuted on television in 1996, takes calls from viewers and features a wide variety of guests discussing issues ranging from popular culture to politics. Late Edition, a youth-oriented program which first aired in July, looks at major world events and issues of interest to young people.

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 over 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4959, or by e-mail at