Iran to launch Russian TV channel
September 19th, 2011 - 11:29 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

The Head of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Ezzatollah Zarghami has announced Tehran’s willingness to launch a satellite channel for audiences in Russian-speaking countries. Launching a Russian-language television network is a top priority for the IRIB, Zarghami said upon returning from a visit to Ukraine.

The senior Iranian official referred to his meetings with the Ukrainian media, cultural and academic figures, and noted that Iranian-made TV productions have been well received in Ukraine, IRIB reported. The IRIB chief pointed out that a number of movies, TV series and cartoons produced by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting and subtitled in Russian have been delivered to Ukraine.

Zarghami also said the Russian-language channel will find its audience like other Iranian television networks. The channel will be broadcast from the IRIB studios in Tehran and its distribution will soon be secured on satellites beaming to Europe. It will also be streamed online as part of a multiplatform plan.

IRIB’s Russian TV will be the fourth specialized channel to be launched by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, following the appearance of the Arabic language Al-Alam television network, round-the-clock English language Press TV and Spanish-language Hispan TV.

The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks to reach out to Latin America with Spanish-language Hispan TV to explain its “ideological legitimacy.” As a large part of the world’s population speaks Spanish, we will start a network (in Spanish) within the next few months, Zarghami announced in the Iranian capital of Tehran in September 2010. ”This new Spanish network will have a major role in reflecting the ideological legitimacy of our system to the world,” he noted.