Budget Cutbacks Force Iran Broadcasting Closings
There will be…closures of the bureaus.
Source: “Ta’atili Dafatar-e Vahed-e Markazi Khabar dar Sarasar Jahan” (Closure of [Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting] Central News Units around the World), Tabnak.ir, 14 January 2015. http://goo.gl/F6Ij7p
Closure of News Bureaus Around the World
Considering changes in the structure of television news-gathering and the management of news stories, there will be fundamental reforms in the structure in the Central News Units and closures of the bureaus which have the lowest production in different countries.
Accordingly, the four offices in the cities most important to Iran—New York, London, Damascus and Baghdad—will be maintained but the others will be closed. And world events will be covered through the feeds of PressTV [Iran’s English-language channel] and al-Alam [Iran’s Arabic-language channel], or other news network competitors… And, if necessary, a news team can be deployed to a country or city which is at the heart of the news. Iran had reporters with these based in four European countries: France, Belgium, Germany and Britain… Accordingly, the units up for closure are in Caracas, Brussels, Pretoria, Moscow, Kabul, Kuala Lumpur, Ankara, Paris, Beirut, Berlin, Damascus, Islamabad, Dushanbe, Beijing, Rome, and Buenos Aires, and certainly some journalists are assigned to the Central News Unit as a second job, and in these countries they have other professionals….