Rudi Bakhtiar: Returning to VOA

With broader authority After a month-long absence, Rudi Bakhtiar is returning to Voice of America's Persian broadcasting channel -- and with greater authority. "My role has been expanded from advising [VOA Persian section Director] Ramin Asgard on new programming to also include VOA Director David Ensor," she said. Bakhtiar was seen being escorted out of VOA's Washington headquarters on October 21 for unexplained reasons. But in recent days there were rumors that she was returning. "Back on Monday :)" she confirmed after being asked whether she was going back to her job. "I'm not going to be easily deterred from our primary goal at VOA," she said, "and that is to deliver accurate relevant programming to the Iranian people. Given the fact that all forms of media inside Iran (be it Internet, television, newspapers, film and radio) are currently heavily controlled by the Islamic Republic, this is one of the most important contributions we can make at an extremely critical time in Iran's history."


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Sadegh Bozorgmehr

24 Hours

by Sadegh Bozorgmehr on

I give this story 24 hours before the usual people claim Rudi Bakhtair is part of a vast Jomhoori-Eslami conspiracy. 


Clowns running VOA Persian

by WeAreBlessed on

I am not sure what kind of clowns run VOA Persian.  Those close to VOA Persian staff know that there is "party-bazi" and nepotism within their ranks... 

It appears that about 200+ Farsi-speakers work for VOA Persian (I live in proximity and I know some of them).  Their budget may actually exceed BBC Persian's, but it is widely agreed that their programs are much more inferior.  Within the past few months, on VOA Persian's "Parazit," Kambiz Hosseini echoed this sentiment, that VOA Persian's quality is below expectations. 

Watching BBC Persian feels like watching the regular professionally-produced English-speaking BBC, however, adapted for a Farsi-speaking audience, taking cultural sensibilities into account.  

VOA Persian does not have the same professional feel, as BBC Persian or even Iranian state television.  Given VOA Persian's budget, they lack adequate broadcasting management. 

It's still amateur night at VOA Persian and the "party-bazi" continues...  


CNN koja, VOA koja?!!!

by farrad02 on

I thought she was so good on CNN when she was there!

Why did she leave CNN? She is well spoken, beautiful and had everything going for her.

And the position she was in was not editorial to involve politics! So, why did she leave CNN, I wonder?



The conspiracy loving

by Simorgh5555 on

The conspiracy loving Iranian side of me says her departure was a publicity stunt. Its strange to see how you are frog-marched out your job one second only to be re-instated with much more power. Sounds a bit fishy. Welcome back anyway.


Good news

by divaneh on

So in other words VOA said Ghalat Kardam. Sazegara has been back too. Now let's see what happens to Chalangi, Sehati and Batebi.

Nader Vanaki

To: Rudi Bakhtiar's Agent

by Nader Vanaki on

If she is escorted out of the building why don't you advise against working there again? and not another career with a reputable program about Iran on BBC or some other network?  VOA is run by the American government so it is just another career in علافّی

Nader Vanaki

To: Rudi Bakhtiar's Agent

by Nader Vanaki on

این هم شد کار؟  شخصیتش رو خورد کرده اند حالا برگرده بره همونجا کار کنه؟  چرا یک کار بهتر براش پیدا نمی کنی؟ 


I Am Glad

by Piyalechi on

That finally some decision maker in VOA, perhaps, came to his/her numb senses and said, "Really?!... WTF?!..." where could , right now, be found a more attractive, wholesome, and valuable journalistic package as one that is splendidly presented by Rudi?!... Are we nuts to let her go?!...

She is awesome and I just love everything about her.

Glad to know you're back, Rudi.


P.S. Rudi jaan, if I could ever be of service - you name it; If i don't know how to do it already, I'll learn it quick! - JJ knows where to find me...


Masoud Kazemzadeh

Wonderful News

by Masoud Kazemzadeh on



G. Rahmanian

Great News!

by G. Rahmanian on

I'm very happy for her. And I wish her the best of luck! JJ: Thanks for posting this news.


Only in America.......

by پندارنیک on

........."news" people become a part of it..........

Jahanshah Javid

Good news, for a change

by Jahanshah Javid on

I don't know what's going on over at VOA, but Bakhtiar's return is a positive development. How long she will last this time or be able to accomplish in that infamously charged, clannish environment is anyone's guess. Best of luck. She will need it.