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VOA reaches roughly 38 percent of Afghanistan’s adult population with its popular Radio and TV Ashna (“Friend”). VOA is one of the leading sources of daily news and information for the country’s population of nearly 30 million as well as a large Afghan diaspora around the world. Radio and TV Ashna cover a wide variety of issues including current affairs, US policies, security, health, science, entertainment, sports, youth and women’s rights. In addition, VOA reaches about 80 percent of Afghanistan’s estimated 3-4 million social media users. Afghanistan’s post-Taliban constitution guarantees freedom of press, but insurgent and terrorist groups, the government, powerful warlords and clerics continue to control and influence major news sources. Radio and TV Ashna and the service’s digital platforms fill the information gap by providing daily local and international news.

Quick Facts

Established: Dari (10/1980)

Pashto (07/1982)

Radio Programming: 4 hours Dari, 4 hours Pashto, and 4 hours Special English

TV Programming: Two 30-minute newscasts per day, 6 days per week, and one 30-minute TV magazine per week to both Dari and Pashto populations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and Dari/Pashto-speaking diaspora in the Middle East and Europe.

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Programs and Features

TV Ashna - a Saturday-through-Thursday 60-minute program in Dari and Pashto. The programs include interviews with Afghan and American policy makers, news, features, and reports from Afghanistan and other cities worldwide. State broadcaster RTA airs the new VOA programs at 1330 UTC (6:00 p.m. in Afghanistan).

Karwan (“Caravan) – 30-minute weekly youth-oriented TV magazine in Dari and Pashto focusing on science and technology in the United States. Hosted by former Afghan Star emcee Daoud Sediqi.

Radio Ashna broadcasts 8 hours of programming in Dari, Pashto, and 4 hours in Special English. Dari and Pashto begin this broadcast with 30-minutes of fast-paced, latest news and current affairs programming featuring original reports from Afghanistan, world news round-ups, business and economic features, and topics of interest to Afghan women and youth. Airs on FM, AM, and shortwave and is streamed on the Web, starting at 1430 UTC (7:00 p.m. in Afghanistan).

Gofto Shonood (“The Conversation) is a popular, one-hour, mixed language radio call-in show focused on current affairs. Experts, officials, and activists discuss a variety of topics, serving as a forum for VOA’s audience in Afghanistan and the diaspora. It airs daily from 14:30 to 15:30 UTC (8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Afghanistan).

Women's Call-in Programs are weekly 25-min. shows presented by women hosts, airing separately in Dari and Pashto. They bring together female officials, analysts and callers to discuss critical issues facing women in Afghanistan and to raise women's awareness about legal, health, political and social issues - Tuesdays (8:00 to 9:00 p.m. local time).

Ashna Tech is a weekly science and technology radio program. With public interest in science and technology growing, the show has gained in popularity among young listeners. It airs Thursdays from 14:30 to 15:30 UTC (9:00 – 10:00 pm Kabul time.)