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IRIB in “financial difficulties”

March 11, 2013

By Chris Forrester

Iran’s state-backed public broadcaster (IRIB Voice & Vision Organisation) has financial problems, according to its head Ezzatollah Zarghami. Reported by BBC Monitoring, Zarghami says the broadcaster is “lacking proper resources” and is “having difficulties paying salaries”.

“Mr Zarghami said that the Voice and Vision cannot meet our expectations, because it could not even afford paying this month’s salaries,” said an official and member of the nation’s Assembly of Experts.

IRIB has upset more than a few viewers and broadcasters beyond its own borders, and its Press TV channel (transmitted in various languages) has more or less been outlawed by international satellite operators because of various United Nations and European Union prohibitions.

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