Iran launches new satellite TV channel in Spanish

AP, Tuesday 31 Jan 2012

Spanish-language Iranian TV channel part of Tehran's goal of strengthening ties with Latin American countries

Iran's broadcasting company has inaugurated a Spanish-language satellite TV channel in an effort to reach out to friendly governments in Latin America. Tuesday 's report says Hispan TV will broadcast news, documentaries, movies and Iranian films 24 hours a day.

It says the TV is targeting millions of Spanish-speaking people throughout the world. The channel has been working on a trial basis since October, with a 16-hour daily program.
The launch follows President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's four-nation Latin American tour earlier in January and comes as Washington and Europe have imposed tougher sanctions on Tehran over its controversial nuclear program.

Iran broadcasts daily in five other foreign languages, including in English and Arabic.

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