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Friday, December 10, 2004

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - New president at IRIB

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU): "New president at IRIB
Date: 27-May-2004

Seyed Ezzatollah Zarghami has been appointed the new President of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

The appointment was made for a five-year period by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution based on the country’s constitution.

Mr Zarghami, 44, is a civil engineer who graduated from Tehran’s Amir Kabir Industrial University and has an MA degree in management. He is also a member of the University Scientific Board. He previously served as IRIB’s Vice-President for Parliamentary and Provincial Affairs.

He worked at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance for four years, where he held four posts, including Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance for Cinema and Deputy Minister for Provincial Affairs.

He also acted as an adviser in cultural-artistic and planning affairs at the Supreme Council for the Cultural Revolution — which acts as the most important body for cultural decision-making in the country — for a period of 15 years.

His executive posts did not separate him from his scientific and research activities and he has managed to publish artistic, cultural and political articles in different periodicals.

Speaking after his appointment as IRIB president, Mr Zarghami stressed the need for cooperation with other countries’ broadcasting organisations, and with radio and television unions in particular.

Mr. Zarghami replaces Dr Ali Larijani who presided over IRIB for two five-year terms."


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