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VOA Broadcasting to Iran

VOA’s Persian-language programming to Iran confronts the disinformation and censorship efforts of the Iranian regime and enhances U.S. efforts to speak directly to the Iranian people and the global Persian-speaking diaspora providing the audiences with fact-based information and news, current affairs, cultural and entertaining content that gives them an inside look into what American life and the American people are like. Programs can be accessed on 24-hour direct-to-home satellite television channel VOA365, web, mobile apps and a host of social media platforms

Quick Facts

Established: 1979

Target Areas: Iran

Weekly Audience: 15.7% of population of Iran

TV Programming: 4.2 hours per day of original programming repeated on a 24-hour cycle.

Programs and additional features available at:



YouTube Channel


Telegram Channel

Features and Programs

Early News: A daily prime time newscast that sets the tone and topics of the evening news lineup.

News at 8pm: A daily prime time newscast that expands on the evening news lineup.

News at 9pm: A flagship, prime time news program that uses the world-wide resources of the Voice of America to cover important U.S. and international stories, as well as issues of interest to its audiences in Iran, the Iranian diaspora and Persian speakers around the world.

Late Night News: A daily prime time newscast that concludes the lineup for the day and provides an overview of the most important stories of the day

Last Page: A weekly investigative journalism program exposing, among others, corruption by the Iranian establishment at all levels of society.

Tablet: A weekly prime-time show focusing on cultural and social issues involving young people in Iran and the United States. Masih Alinejad, leads the conversation in a youthful and energetic program.

Straight Talk: A social media-driven interactive call-in show that airs five days a week with views from Iranian audiences and the diaspora on topics ranging from the news of the day to current social media trends.

VOA Tek: A weekly original news magazine program exploring cutting-edge solutions to the world’s challenges, medical breakthroughs and high-tech discoveries.

Chess: A weekly roundtable discussion on Iran’s issues, focusing on Tehran regime’s violations in socio-political, economic, and social spheres.

Screen: ​A weekly program that looks at the acclaimed Iranian feature films and documentaries. Using expert analysis, Film Screening takes a thorough look at the topics and themes aired in a range of movies and documentaries.

7 Days At A Glance: A weekly review of the main newsworthy events in Iran, the Unites States and around the world.

The Inside Story: A weekly program that provides a wide and deep examination of one issue in the news, using VOA’s worldwide reporting strength.

VOA Connect: A weekly program that brings together stories of people across the United States and around the world. It's a place to meet street artists and high tech innovators, and everyone in between.

Investigative Report: Persian language version of a weekly investigative reporting program from VOA’s sister network Alhurra covering the most pressing issues in the Middle East.

MotorWeek: PBS' award-winning weekly automotive magazine provides unbiased, consumer-oriented car news with feature stories on related topics.

Baking and Cooking with Shali: A weekly show where the host takes the viewers to her kitchen where she tries and discusses new recipes with the stars of art and music.

Special Coverage: Breaking news and live news events covered when they happen in a variety of programming formats.