Iran's state broadcaster, IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting), launched Press TV, its English-language satellite TV channel last month, amid mounting international tension about the country's nuclear activity.
The 24-hour channel will seek to "break the global media stranglehold of western outlets" and "show the other side of the story" in the Middle East. Mohammad Sarafraz, VP of IRIB, stated that Press TV was set up "to counteract the lies of the western media".
The Tehran-based channel airs news bulletins every half hour, talk shows from Damascus, New York and Washington as well as documentaries on different aspects of the Islamic world and culture.
The channel, which employs more than 400 staff, said it had 26 reporters employed at different locations worldwide, including Jerusalem, Gaza City and Ramallah on the occupied West Bank as well as New York and Washington.