Iran’s new English TV trails documentaries, announces frequencies
Tuesday, June 19th, 2007


BBC Monitoring has observed Press TV giving some details of its programming and global transmission frequencies. Press TV is Iran’s soon-to-be-launched 24-hour English-language satellite TV news channel. Ezzatollah Zarghami, the head of Iran’s state broadcaster, was reported on 13 June as saying that the channel would be launched in the “first half” of the Iranian month beginning on 22 June.

The channel was observed on 19 June showing promos for its documentary programmes. A video montage, without commentary, showed a mixture of political and cultural programmes. The titles included Living Afghan, Nuclear Energy, Speak Out Against Them, Operation Iraqi Destruction, Islam in Europe, Israel - finally defeat, War is not the Answer, and Voyage to Persia.

The channel also showed brief clips of correspondents reporting from a number of international locations. These included Washington, Istanbul, Basra, Islamabad, Khartoum, Cairo, Abuja, London and Ramallah.

The channel gave the following frequency information (Satellite (location) frequency in MHZ; symbol rate; FEC; polarity):

* Hot Bird 8 (13 E) 12437; 27500; 3/4; H
* Badr 4 (26 E) 12054; 27500; 3/4; V
* Optus B3 (152 E) 12564; 30000; 2/3; H
* Galaxy 25 (97 W) 12053; 22000; 3/4; V
* Hispasat 1C (30 W) 12172; 27500; 3/4; H
* Intelsat 10 (68.5 E) 12682; 26657; 1/2; H
* AsiaSat 3 S (105.5 E) 12353; 30000; 3/4; V
* AsiaSat 2 (100.5 E) 3660; 27500; 3/4; V
* Badr C (25.8 E) 3760; 27500; 3/4; H
* Arabsat 2 B (30.5 E) 12644; 3000; 3/4; H

These transmissions can also be viewed on the Internet at www.presstv.com or www.presstv.ir

(Source: BBC Monitoring research 19 Jun 07)