VOA to launch Urdu programme in Pakistan

MUMBAI: The Voice of America (VOA), will launch an Urdu current affairs programme on Geo TV today. The current affairs programme titled, Beyond the Headlines (Khabron se Aage) will run from Monday to Friday at 7:30 pm.

This programme, which covers topics such as international developments, technology, politics, education, sports, and entertainment, will be also be aired on selected international satellites, including AsiaSat (Virtual Channel 409) and IOR (Virtual Channel 420). Popular television personality and former PTV anchor, Aneka Osman, has been roped in to host the show.

"We look forward to opening this important new channel of communication between the American people and Pakistan. This new programme, together with our expanded radio service, demonstrates our growing commitment to reach the people of Pakistan with new, engaging programmes on both radio and TV," said Steven J Simmons, a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all US international radio and television services.

VOA director, David S Jackson, said, "Beyond the Headlines will focus not only on the big issues of the day, but also on features, business, and culture stories that illuminate the world we live in. For example, we'll show how Pakistanis live and work and go to school in the US. We want to provide a unique mix of stories that viewers can't find anywhere else."

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