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Persian Service, first victim of financial crisis at Radio Netherlands

Source: Persian Dutch Network

The Persian-language service of Radio Netherlands Worldwide is the first victim of the organization's financial problems. The press section of RNW told the Persian Dutch Network that its likely other foreign-language services will be closed as well.

Radio Netherlands Worldwide headquarter in Hilversum (NL)

The activities of RNW's Persian Service actually ended in December 2011. May 2012 was the deadline for those interested in re-launching the service to come up with independent funding. RNW is still negotiating with applicants but it is unclear when there will be clarity on continuing the service.

The Persian service of Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Asr-e Holland, was launched in February 2011 and was active for around 10 months.

It seems RNW was not serious about this service from the beginning:

Persian Service's website was created as a sub-category of the Arabic section and the design was not compatible with other sections of RNW.

Since 2006 Dutch government funding has been directed at the Persian-language radio station Radio Zamaneh. The station has had no editor-in-chief for several months.


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