Thursday, May 23, 2013
Television debate details for the 2013 Iran election
Details for Iran's televised presidential debates have been announced. There will be three televised debates held on May 31, June 5 and June 7, involving all candidates. The previous person-to-person format has been dropped in favor of the group approach.
Hosting the debates will be Kamran Najafzadeh, a well known TV news personality in Iran. Najafzadeh recently made a name for himself in France by attempting to expose the hypocricy of France retaining Iranian antiquities (while at the same time maintaining the role of victim in the seizure of artworks by the Nazis in World War II). For that and his attempted expose on the French failure to deliver on Iran's shares of the Eurodif nuclear plant (10 percent of its stocks belong to Iran), he was recently forced to leave France.
IRIB will also offer a variety of presidential election programming. In contrast to the American approach where big money donations from a variety of sources and special interests buys each of the two candidates competing levels of exposure on television and radio, in Iran each of the eight candidates are provided a level playing field of 420 minutes of television programming and 216 minutes on radio (including two slots of 30 minute programming on television Channel 1). In total, IRIB will have more than 2,000 hours of programming dedicated to the election.
TV debate details sourced from Wikipedia
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