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PRESS TV launched in Tehran

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

Recently I was invited to attend the launch of PRESS-TV, the new English language TV channel in at the NIRT main ceremony hall in Tehran. PRESS TV is a TV channel that reaches its targeted audience inside and outside Iran through satellite. I learned that it is now accessible through all the main satellite channels.

As I entered the building, I was flabbergasted when the security guards not only took away my mobile and camera but also my handbag. So I had to rush back and take my early evening pills out of it and put them in my trousers pocket. Fortunately they did allow me to take a pen and small notebook. Later I realized the extra security was due to the fact that President Ahmadinejad was attending the launch and he officially inaugurated the channel, even though they were almost 2 hours behind schedule.

PRESS TV has correspondents in most major capitals in Europe and North America and their staff are said to be well trained and professional journalists. Some news agencies were present but not all. I guess it must due to the fact that in Tehran there is always so much going on, besides which they will be a new rival. The new channel has managed to get several million hits on its website during its trial run on the web we were informed at the ceremony. Besides the rolling news and news analysis, PRESS TV will have many documentaries and sports programs. I do hope that this new channel will be able to fulfill all its goals and enable people outside the country to get a rather more balanced view of Iran and the world that we live in.

This is their website address for you to try out and their offices are at:

Tehran - 25, East 2nd St., Farhang Blvd., Saadat Abad Tel: +98 21 23011130
London - Level 1, Westgate House, West Gate, W5 1YY, Tel. 0208 728 6490 e-mail :

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