Website: Rapid TV News
Iran might be accused of jamming contentious satellite TV signals but that hasn’t stopped it planning a new channel for itself.
Today (March 4) sees the start of Samen TV, backed by the Imam Abolhasan al-Reza Cultural-Artistic Institute, on satellite from Eutelsat’s Hotbird.
BBC Monitoring quoted a member of the board of directors of the Imam Abolhasan al-Reza Cultural-Artistic Institute, Mohammad Kashani, saying: “The logo of this satellite TV has been on Hotbird satellite since the birth anniversary of Imam Reza on 8 Aban [30 October] and its test run will start on Thursday [4 March] .”
Kashani added: “Samen TV will concentrate on Islamic ethics, Shi’i knowledge, religious outlooks and social discussions.” He added that the TV was independent and sponsored by the public, and it had no affiliation to governmental or non-governmental institutions.
Kashani said that the TV was run completely by the private sector through a number of theological seminary and university professors. He added that at the outset the TV would air three hours of programmes starting from 1800 Tehran time [1430 gmt].