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TOLOnews, Afghanistan's first 24 hr station dedicated to news and current affairs, has just marked its first year of terrestrial broadcast.
TOLOnews is an extension of the nation's popular TOLO TV, both part of MOBY Group, a leading regional media organisation.
"TOLOnews is Afghan owned and operated, a philosophy reflected in our other local stations TOLO TV, LEMAR TV, ARMAN FM and Arakozia FM" said Chairman Saad Mohseni.
"Afghans have a huge appetite for news, both domestic and international, and TOLO satiates their growing need for immediacy with up to the moment availability across broadcast, internet and social media.
"Our apolitical format is trusted and respected by our audiences. With TOLOnews we are able to provide an unparalleled level of indepth current affairs coverage, spanning across Afghanistan's political, cultural and regional interests. In Afghanistan, TOLOnews will often break the stories which hit regional and international media.
"Importantly, TOLOnews is reaching Afghans in remote provinces as well as our global diaspora."
TOLOnews boasts the largest news room in Afghanistan. The bulk of the 100 plus news professionals have been recruited and trained by the MOBY Group, as they continue to lead the development of the Afghan media industry, non existent less than a decade ago.
Mujahid Kakar, head of TOLOnews, started his own career as a regional journalist in 1996. "TOLOnews has broken new ground for us as professionals as well as our audiences.
"Previously, they were confined to the evening bulletin as their only source of broadcast news, and now our challenge is to bring it to them as it breaks in Afghanistan, the region and globally.
"Our electoral coverage was one of the highlights of TOLOnews' first year.
We were able to ask candidates the hard questions, engage them in debates and host forums that enabled Afghans to assess candidates for themselves."
TOLOnews broadcasts in Farsi and Pashto, and is available via internet and social media in English, Farsi and Pashto. The web site www.tolonews.com is one of the most popular news sites in Afghanistan.
For media enquiries, contact Lotfullah Najafizada on
Lotfullah.Najafizada@tolonews.com or +93 796 009 308.
About Moby Group:
MOBY Group owns and operates world-class integrated
media industries in developing nations. Its popular and awardwinning
brands in Afghanistan include TOLO TV, LEMAR TV, ARMAN FM, Arakozia FM, Afghan Scene Magazine, TOLOnews and Kaboora Production. MOBY Group is also a JV partner with News Corporation in the popular FARSI1 and Zemzemeh stations, broadcasting in to Farsi-speaking audiences in Iran and neighbouring countries. Its estimated combined audience size is over 45 million.