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Iran's former parliament speaker planning Saba satellite TV

Tehran, Sept 10, IRNA-Former Majlis speaker Mehdi Karroubi would not be prevented by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) from establishing his private satellite network named 'Saba', a morning daily reported here Saturday.

`Iran Daily' quoted Behrouz Afkhami, a well-known film maker and also former MP, as saying that after becoming operational, the Saba network "will be similar to BBC, CNN and other television news network."

Afkhami who is also responsible for launching the network noted that "certain political currents" were worried about its setting up by Karroubi more than being "concerned about satellite televisions run by banned opposition groups that are based overseas," the English-language daily said.

Asked whether the IRIB would help Karroubi launch Saba, Afkhami said, "It depends on IRIB chief (Ezzatollah Zarghami) and his policies".

The paper quoted Afkhami as saying IRIB can issue permits for private television networks.

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