BBC World Service launches today a special news and current affairs programme for audiences in the Southern and Eastern regions of Afghanistan. Stasu Narray, from the BBC Pashto service, will bring 30 minutes of news and in-depth analysis to Pashto-speakers, including those on the Pakistan border, every day at 1630 UTC.
Stasu Narray will discuss a wide range of topics, from politics and economy to health and sports. There will also be opportunities for listeners to share their views on key issues affecting their lives in special phone-ins.
Andres Ilves, Head of the BBC Persian and Pashto service, says: “The BBC has been broadcasting to Afghanistan for many decades. Nearly two out of three adults listen to our programmes at least once a week, and research shows that the BBC is the international broadcaster most Afghans trust and tune in to. We are delighted to be able to draw on our rich experience and expertise of the region to offer a new bespoke daily programme for southern Afghanistan. I am certain our listeners will benefit from the BBC’s tradition of impartial journalism and comprehensive on-the-ground coverage.”
BBC World Service broadcasts programmes in Pashto, Dari and Uzbek languages to Afghanistan. The news and current affairs programme Stasu Narray is available on 11 BBC FM frequencies in key towns across Afghanistan including Kabul 89.0, Kandahar 90.0, Lashkar-Gah 89.2, Jalalabad 89.0, Gardez 87.9, Ghazni 88.3, Khost 90.1, Kunar 87.5, Herat 89.2, Bamian 89.0 and Jabal os Saraj 92.2. Audiences can also tune in on shortwave on 6100, 7295 and 9913 kHz.
(Source: BBC Press Office)