London, October 1941, from right: Victor Glendening, Persian Service
director, with the section's first Persian broadcasters Mojtaba Minovi and
Hassan Movaghar Balyouzi.
Injaa landan ast
BBC Persian Service 60 years on
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By Hossein Shahidi
September 24, 2001
Hossein Shahidi has worked in the BBC's Persian and Arabic Services,
and its News and Training departments. In October, he will join Oxford University
to continue his research into professional journalism in Iran. This paper
was presented at the "Middle East in London" conference at the
University of London, June 2001. A detailed account of the creation of the
BBC Persian Service can be found in the author's paper, "The BBC Persian
Service, 1940-1953, and the Nationalisation of Iranian Oil", in the
June 2001 edition of the Journal of Iranian Research and Analysis.