By Vijaya Cherian
Veteran broadcast journalist Andres Ilves has been named director of Radio Farda, the Persian-language service aimed at young listeners in Iran.
Andres Ilves, a veteran broadcast journalist, has been named director of Radio Farda, the Persian-language service aimed at young listeners in Iran. Ilves, whose appointment is effective immediately, is currently the director of Radio Free Afghanistan, which broadcasts in Dari and Pashto. A graduate of Princeton University, Ilves started working for US international broadcasting in the 1980s. “Andres’ strong commitment to broadcasting will help provide the people of Iran with the information they need about their country and the outside world,” said Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). Launched in December 2002, Radio Farda broadcasts news, information, public affairs and entertainment to Iran 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Based in Washington and Prague, Radio Farda is a collaboration between RFE/RL and VOA. The radio’s target audience is listeners under 30 who make up about 70% of Iran’s population. Since pro-democracy protests got under way in Iran in early June, Radio Farda, broadcast on AM, shortwave, digital audio satellite and by internet.