VOA’s “TV Ashna” to Stay on the air in Afghanistan

Voice of America’s popular nightly news program “TV Ashna” will stay on the air in Afghanistan for another five years under the terms of a new contract signed this week by VOA and Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA), the government broadcasting organization.

VOA Director Designate David Ensor told reporters at the signing ceremony in Kabul that he was “delighted that there is a new contract” that extends the partnership between VOA and RTA. Under the agreement, RTA broadcasts the VOA program.

“TV Ashna,” a one-hour VOA news broadcast in the Dari and Pashto languages, has gained a growing audience in Afghanistan with its dynamic interviews, news and sports reporting. The program airs six nights a week, Saturday through Thursday.

Ensor, who is currently Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, thanked RTA for its cooperation with VOA, saying both organizations are committed to freedom of the media and quality reporting on issues that matter to Afghanistan.

The Director General of RTA Mohammad Zarin Anzoor said, “We are witnessing an extension for 5 more years of VOA Ashna TV which will be heard in Afghanistan from 6 pm to 7 pm daily.”

In addition to news from Afghanistan and the region, “TV Ashna” reports on U.S. and international developments, including extensive coverage of the uprisings in the Middle East and world reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden.

VOA Dari and Pashto websites have also grown in popularity over the past three years and the content is delivered on mobile browsers, social media sites including Facebook and Twitter, and a daily email news summary offered to subscribers.

For the latest international news or for more information about VOA and its programs, visit www.voanews.com. For VOA Dari visit www.voanews.com/dari/news. For VOA Pashto, visit www.voanews.com/pashto/news.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.  VOA broadcasts approximately 1,500 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 123 million people.  Programs are produced in 44 languages and are intended exclusively for audiences outside of the United States.

For more information, please call VOA Public Relations at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail us at askvoa@voanews.com.

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