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German Radio ARD Tunes in Press Fair

German Radio ARD Tunes in Press Fair
German Radio ARD Tunes in Press Fair

Radio correspondent Reinhard Baumgarten says the people of Germany are always interested in hearing news about Iran; “that’s why we decided to open our first office in Tehran back in 2011.”

Baumgarten, who was speaking to reporters on Sunday at the International Press Fair and on the main premises of the Foreign Media Department, said there are deep cultural affinities between the Iranian and German people, and it’s one of the reasons why there is so much curiosity within the German society about Iran.

He said Iran is one of the best places to work in as a correspondent – but there are some hurdles. “For instance,” he said, “In Germany, many people don’t know what is really going on here; so the best thing for us to do is interview ordinary people and even the opposition politicians. The problem with these interviews is that they are still one-sided as we don’t hear counter-arguments from the government officials. Somehow, it is still very hard to get interviews from officials to verify things.”

As maintained by Baumgarten, ARD always tries to remain objective when broadcasting news and reports on important subject matters, including Iran’s nuclear program and involvement in the ongoing war in Syria. He regretted the fact that some Western media outlets depict a wrong picture about Iran. “To make clear all this and more, we broadcast the real news from the capital,” he concluded.

ARD (full name: Consortium of Public Broadcasters in Germany) is a joint organization of Germany's regional public-service broadcasters. It was founded in 1950 to represent the common interests of the new, decentralized, post-war broadcasting services – in particular the introduction of a joint television network. ARD is the world's second largest public broadcaster, with over 20,000 employees and 30 studios worldwide.

Nov 8, 2015 17:59
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