Iran's Press TV is an international television enterprise that operates in several locations worldwide, largely considered to be government controlled. Based in Tehran, Press TV presents around-the-clock programming including newscasts.
Press TV presents a point of view that focuses on issues contravening Anglo-American points of view. The Anglosphere elite's constant warring and authoritarianism comes in for considerable scrutiny. As a result, Press TV is in danger of being banned – one way or another – throughout the West.
Press TV began in January of 2007, but did not go into full operation mode until later in the year. Broadcasting in English, the parent production focuses on issues in the Middle East, but also has bureaus in South Korea, London, and Washington, D.C. The company is primarily headquartered in Tehran, but its programming is receivable worldwide and gives the Iranian version of global events and the eventual impact on Iran proper, as well as other parts of the region.
The mission statement of Press TV is to educate differing nationalities about differing points of view, especially from the Iranian perspective, but often uses "pictorial references and images" as its most effective presentation tool. It is funded by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting and is also monitored and authorized by the state. The Islamic Republic Constitution of 1979 requires that all broadcasting in Iran be a state operation, although Press TV also operates three Internet URLs, www.presstv.ir, www.presstv.com and www.presstv.co.uk.
The United Kingdom URL has come under intense scrutiny in recent months. Press TV Limited was incorporated in 2006 and was established to prepare programming to be sold to the Tehran office. The production company has been investigated several times by the UK governmental broadcasting oversight agency, OFCOM, since its creation. This occurred in May 2011, when it was determined that they broadcasted an interview of a detained journalist who was coerced into giving the interview and coached on answering questions.
The investigation began in January 2011 with a block of Press TV Limited's bank account at NatWest Bank in the City of London. Neither NatWest nor OFCOM would confirm that the account had been closed because it was actually illegal. This unconfirmed action was ineffective in stopping programming by NatWest Bank, which is owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland, which is in turn owned predominantly by the Scottish government.
The UK has also criticized reports from Iranian Press TV aired from Tehran about contending issues between the two regions. Press TV Limited was not found to be in breach of government standards during the Iranian Presidential election of 2009, though largely unbalanced, when the network covered the uprising of the populace claiming the election was rigged. Network programming held the official state line and offered very little in terms of discussion about the revolt.
The primary station is free-to-air television, broadcasted on multiple satellites. Satellite television in Iran is illegal, but many Iranians violate this law. The power of satellite broadcasting allows Press TV to be broadcast globally, so anyone in the world can actually access the programming. This gives Iran a voice in the international broadcasting community, but the reports on various news events are often much different than other worldwide broadcasts of the same events.
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