Norooz TV Specials: BBC and Manoto win big, VOA major loser

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Norooz TV Specials: BBC and Manoto win big, VOA major loser
by Yara
26-Mar-2012
 

I watched most of the Norooz specials BBC Persian, Manoto TV and VOA Persian broadcasted immediately before and after the start of the Persian New Year.

The BBC had a very well-planned program, filled with live performances by new and old Iranian and Tajik artists and interesting recorded bits of video containing Norooz messages and themes. The network's popular arts and music anchor, Behzad Bolour made a very energetic presentation of the program's stellar lineup.

Manoto TV’s consistent advance toward capturing the hearts and the ratings of Farsi-speaking audiences worldwide continued this Norooz with their well-planned and very well-executed specials such as a nostalgic concert that brought back the Turkish singer, Emel Sayin for a rare performance of Farsi songs with Anooshirvan Rohani. To be sure, judging by the immense popularity of their weekly programming in Iran, these guys know a thing or two about their audience.

The worst Norooz programming came from Voice of America’s Persian service, where despite much promotion by the station’s Shabahang program on the nights leading to the show, 12 hours of very poorly planned and unprofessional musical performances by mostly unknown artists was a major disappointment. When the show’s host asked Arash Sobhani, who had planned the musical programming with other members from his musical band, Kiosk, about the lineup, he said that he had planned “a very special project with the very best musicians”, which, unfortunately, were anything but! Sattar, the star of the program, provided the highlight of the show. The audience had to endure out of tune voices of the rest of the singers such as Shahrzad Sepanlou and Mr. Sobhani himself, screaming songs they had not practiced and did not know how to sing! With twelve hours of nothing, saram raft o hoselam sar raft! Very un-Noroozi indeed!

It appears that today BBC Persian has not only excelled in its news and analysis programming, it continues to recognize the rhythm and interests of the Iranian audiences better than any other Farsi-speaking medium.

Excerpts from the BBC Persian’s Norooz Program: http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/2012/03/120323_l...

Excerpts from Manoto TV’s Norooz Program.
http://www.manoto1.com/Videos/norouzshowpart1

Excerpts from the VOA Persian’s Norooz Program: http://www.voanews.com/persian/news/special-report...

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Fesenjoon2

Voa has always sucked

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The Republican party needs to take it over and give it to AIPAC or some Zionist subcontractor. I guarantee you they'll have better programming than even the BBC!

You wanna destroy the mullahs? You destroy them by broadcasting superb quality entertainment that's loaded with political messages and ideas, not just by IAEA, slogans, sanctions, and tough talk. You bring down the Islamic Republic by generously funding a large and top quality staff at VOA that has a free hand in choosing and directing its own programming, that uses entertainment and 24hr broadcasts to grab the attention of Iran's freedom starving people.

You win the war by using information and the media to reverse the social engineering of the Islamic Republic. 

Heck, I could even do the job, if they offered it to me.

But they couldnt even keep the skeleton-crewed Parazit going. No wonder. 


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divaneh


Thanks for sharing your thought and the links. I didn't have the chance to watch any of these so your links were very much appreciated.

I loved the song by Faramarz Assef and played it 5 times on the row. I so badly needed cheering up and this song was the best medicine for that.

BBC seems to have provided the best programmes as you said followed by Manoto. The link to VOA didn't get me to the programmes but seeing the Baroon Barroneh was enough. They may have as well pulled their trousers down and did a big number 2 on the song. Did not expect that from Sobhani. 


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The worst

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The worst performance of Baroon Baroone ever! 

 

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Important News on BBC Persian!

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VOA might be changing, again

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"It appears that today BBC Persian has not only excelled in its news and analysis programming, it continues to recognize the rhythm and interests of the Iranian audiences better than any other Farsi-speaking medium"

Given the history of the Brits in expoliting the area for the past 200 years, it is no wonder that they "do it" better than Parsi-speaking mediums!


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