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DW TV Starts Window in Dari and Pashtu

Ten minutes of world news daily for viewers in Afghanistan

Since Monday, 12th August 2002 "Afghan TV" is again broadcasting regular news from all over the world - for the first time since the end of the Taliban regime. The news broadcasts are produced by the German international broadcaster DW TV and is recorded with Afghan presenters. The recorded broadcast is transferred via satellite to Kabul where DW TV has also installed all the necessary equipment at Afghan Television in Kabul.

DW TV broadcasts the daily ten minutes of world news at 7.30 p.m. local time (5 p.m. CET) in the two languages of the country, Dari and Pashtu. Furthermore, every week DW TV will produce about one-and-a-half hours of additional programming for Afghan Television, among other programmes TransTel documentaries from the areas of sport and research. These broadcasts – also in Dari and Pashtu – will be sent to Kabul by courier.

With this project DW TV is opening a window to the world for the people of Afghanistan after many years of isolation. There are no restrictions whatsoever by the Afghan government on the political content of the news broadcasts. However, noted television director Christoph Lanz, DW TV "will adopt a culturally sensitive approach with the pictures and sound it shows". All the services of DW TV are free of charge. The cooperation between the two TV stations is initially planned for one year. Lanz commented: "Deutsche Welle regards its commitment as emergency help until 'Afghan TV' can manage to produce the world news itself".

Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany's international broadcasting service with German and foreign language radio and TV programmes. DW-TV offers 24 hours commercial-free programming, news, documentaries, sports, cultural and current affairs in German and English. The publicly funded institution in Germany is one of the five largest international broadcasting services in the world.