Sam Ghandchiسام قندچيIran: OnTen TV, Poletik and Parazit

Sam Ghandchi

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Three months ago I discussed a few points about the perception of people inside Iran regarding the Iranian diaspora and specifically about Persian TV programs abroad (1).

Maybe it would be interesting for the producers to know what the viewers inside Iran say about the two satirical TV programs by the names of OnTen and Poletik that broadcast from the US to Iran.

OnTen TV program is created by Saman Arbabi and his colleagues and is a weekly broadcast by VOA Persian. Poletik program is created by Kambiz Hosseini and his colleagues and is a weekly broadcast by Radio Farda.  In the past, Kambiz Hosseini and Saman Arbabi created a successful weekly joint program by the name of Parazit which used to broadcast by Voice of America. Parazit perhaps had the highest number of viewers in Iran as compared to any other Persian TV program from abroad.

Most of the people inside Iran who have access to satellite TV have heard about OnTen and Poletik. But the viewers of the first one are different from those of the second one and their choice has been made very consciously.

The viewers of Saman Arbabi's OnTen are the youth who believe in thinking of new ways to solve the social problems of Iran and do not care for discussing what is wrong and right in the current methods of Islamic Republic and want to search beyond the current reality of Iran.

The viewers of Kambiz Hosseini's Poletik program are mostly above 25 years of age and are not necessarily reformist, but not only find the discussion of current government policies to be useful but when these issues are raised by Kambiz Hosseini, they feel like a weight has been lifted from their shoulder. They hear their heartfelt feelings from the mouth of Kambiz Hosseini. Sometimes I think to myself that maybe both angles in Parazit joint program of Saman Arbabi and Kambiz Hosseini were somewhat a kind of cooperation between two generations of Iranians to seek the way of the future for Iran.

Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
July 27, 2014