It was conceived in response to the plans of the commercial television company TV-am to introduce a breakfast television show.
Due to the ban on foreign reporters in Iran, the news service currently relies on a significant amount of user-generated content, often taken with mobile phones. It became the channel that extensively covered the events for the Iranians inside Iran.
Outside of Iran, the channel was therefore recognised accordingly. On 4 NovemberBBC Persian TV was honoured for the "Clearest coverage of a single news event — television" by the Association for International Broadcasting at its annual global media excellence awards at a gala event in London, England.
The award was for "the elections that shook Iran". It was named best news channel for its portrayal of unbiased news in a complex and fast-moving environment.
Jamal comes from Afghanistan although he grew up and studied in Iran. She was three years old when her family moved to Iran in the wake of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. She began her broadcast career in as the presenter of a daily science programme for Iranian television.
In December Farnaz emigrated to the Netherlands with her family, where she joined several other Iranian journalists to start the news website Roozonline. She joined BBC Persian in as a radio correspondent. She has produced and presented news and feature programmes, most notably Your Voice and Seventh Day.
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