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VOA's 'Beyond the Headlines, Morning Edition' Debuts

The half-hour morning program airs on Aaj TV in Pakistan daily at 8:30 a.m.

Washington, D.C., October 1, 2007 - The Voice of America (VOA) launched Beyond the Headlines, Morning Edition today. The half-hour morning program airs on Aaj TV in Pakistan daily at 8:30 a.m.

"Beyond the Headlines, Morning Edition is a newsmagazine that shows Pakistanis the mosaic of real people that is America," said VOA Director Danforth Austin. "In a conversational style, our hosts Aisha Khalid and Kokab Farshori cover everything from the latest in U.S and Pakistani news to health and technology to entertainment."

VOA's Urdu Service broadcasts 12 hours a day of news and information to millions of Pakistanis and other Urdu speakers on Radio Aap ki Dunyaa. The radio program is distributed by medium wave at 972 kHz, digital audio satellite, the Internet and a three-hour shortwave broadcast.

Aaj TV is one of the most viewed Urdu language channels in South Asia. With just over two and a half years in operation, Aaj's award winning news coverage and current affairs and entertainment programs have won them a global following. A part of South Asia's leading media group, Business Recorder Group, Aaj TV was the first private satellite television channel to broadcast from within Pakistan.

Satellite Parameters to receive Aaj TV transmission:
Satellite: AsiaSat 3S
Frequency: 3750 Vertical
Symbol Rate: 28212 or 2821
FEC: 3/4

Aaj TV's transmission is also available at

More information about VOA's Urdu Service is available at

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 more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

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