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World Media 25th October 1996 Edition 43 1996
Iran targets its youth audience
Iran is planning to launch a nationwide radio network
targeted at young listeners, as part of efforts to provide
programmes that entertain as well as inform its domestic
audience. But the move is unlikely to satisfy the increasing
appetite of Iranians for more lively and interesting
programmes, including the output of foreign stations.
In this week's issue, we have an update on the satellite dish
ban debate, and we assess the prospects for the opening-up
of Iran's broadcast media.
THIS WEEK'S MAIN REPORTS
AFGHANISTAN: Taleban envoy justifies TV ban
An Afghan diplomat in Pakistan has
justified the Taleban's ban on television
by saying there is no provision for it in
AUSTRALIA: Warning on impact of ABC cuts-
Radio Australia says two of its
language services could close as a
result of funding cuts at the Australian
INDIA: New TV services from NBC Asia and STAR
NBC Asia has launched India's first
digital TV service, while STAR Plus
has begun a regional satellite TV
service broadcasting in Hindi.
RUSSIA: Neo-Nazi broadcast via Voice of Russia
Voice of Russia has hired airtime
to a weekly broadcast of a programme
calling itself the German Voice of
Freedom from Kaliningrad on 1386 kHz.
SWEDEN: First digital radio to be
in Finnish language
P7, a new Finnish-language station to
be launched in 1998, will be Sweden's
first digital radio station, and will also
broadcast an analogue signal.
UKRAINE/RUSSIA: Protests against end of
ORT relays in Crimea
There have been demonstrations
outside the Crimean parliament against
the suspension of relays of Russian
Public TV (ORT) broadcasts.
UNITED STATES: Significant budget
cuts at VOA
Budget restrictions at the Voice of
America have led to a cut of
approximately seven per cent of
SEASONAL TIME CHANGES:
Most European countries, the USA,
Mexico, Canada and Russia will move
to winter time on 27th October, while
Australia moves to summer time.
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