SOAS University of London

Centre for Iranian Studies

An encounter with Siavash Ardalan

Siavash Ardalan
Siavash Ardalan, journalist

Date: 10 January 2018Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 10 January 2018Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square Room: MBI Al Jaber Seminar Room

Type of Event: Seminar

Siavash Ardalan has been a professional journalist with BBC's Persian service in London and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Prague for the past 20 years. He joined RFE/RL's Persian programme (Radio Azadi, later Radio Farda) shortly after president Mohammad Khatami's landslide victory in June 1997. This was the beginning of an intense factional power struggle in Iran. At that time Radio Azadi was a news-intensive, short wave radio station. In June 2005, when Mohammad Khatami Khatami was set to leave office and give way to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Radio Azadi was renamed and became Radio Farda with a new programmatic concept, mainly targeting Iran's youth. Siavash worked as the daily current affairs and political reporter and chief analyst. He also started a weekly political satire programme named Kharej az Dastoor. In 2007 Siavash joined BBC's Persian service and was involved in the formation of the BBC Persian service television programme, which was launched in early 2009. At BBC, Siavash ran a flagship radio magazine named Rooze Haftom, a political satire programme named Balatar az Khabar as well as an array of other programmes including an interactive television programme with user generated content named Nobate Shoma. This coincided with the protests following the 2009 presidential elections in Iran. After three years Siavash went on to work in BBC's newsroom. Over the past four years he has worked on environmental issues and has become a major voice in the Persian speaking electronic media in and outside Iran with a persistent focus on climate change across the globe and in Iran. Since 28 December 2017 Siavash has been in charge of daily news updates for BBC Persian television about the protests, which have now spread across the entire country. Siavash Ardalan completed his post-graduate studies in journalism and International Relations in Australia.

In his presentation Siavash will share with us the insights he has gained into the world of Persian diasporic journalism and media since the 1990s. He will discuss the ways in which the construction of reality through electronic media can influence Iranian public opinion and have an impact on socio-political change in Iran.

Organised by: Department of Near and Middle East Studies and the Department of Politics and International Studies in collaboration with the Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS.

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