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10/12/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/12/2020 05:04

BBC News Uzbek programme launched on Uzbekistan’s Sevimli TV channel

Presented by BBC News Uzbek journalists Luiza Iskandariy and Ibrat Safo, Dunyo is a weekly 15-minute magazine programme which brings its audiences human-interest stories and features from around the world. Dunyo is broadcast at 18.00 local time every Saturday and repeated between 12.00 and 13.00 on Tuesdays.

In its inaugural edition on Saturday 10 October, the programme featured a BBC correspondent's trip to ancient Bukhara and reports on migrants struggling at the time of pandemic, the significant role of religion in the US elections, and the rooftop gardens of Paris.

Khayrullo Fayz, BBC News Uzbek news editor, says: 'The launch of Dunyo is a milestone for our presence in Uzbekistan, allowing us to showcase the BBC's global reporting to the viewers of a national TV channel, Sevimli. As the BBC News Uzbek digital reach is growing dynamically - especially on a visual platform such as YouTube - our presence on Sevimli will help bring BBC journalism to millions of homes in Uzbekistan.'

Simon Kendall, Director of Business Development, BBC World Service, says: 'We are delighted with this very positive development in Uzbekistan and look forward to reaching new audiences through this exciting new agreement with Sevimli TV Channel.'

Sevimli TV has broadcast major TV works by BBC News Uzbek, including the documentary The Katta Langar Qur'an and the docudrama series In The Footsteps Of The Baburid Begums.

Commenting on the addition of Dunyo to Sevimli's prime-time weekend schedule, Jaloliddin Safoev, Chief Editor of Sevimli, says: 'For the first time in Uzbekistan, Sevimli TV channel will be broadcasting a major BBC weekly programme, Dunyo. The 15-minute program, which reflects unique traditions, unique values, wonders and phenomena from around the world, is now aired every Saturday on Sevimli TV. With this programme, we'll bring our audiences closer to the world. Don't miss Dunyo on Sevimli TV!'

Dunyo is also available via the BBC News Uzbek channels on social media platforms YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Odnoklassniki.

As a new weekly magazine programme, Dunyo further expands the BBC News Uzbek TV offer, which also includes the Monday to Friday news programme for Uzbek-speaking audiences in Afghanistan, via Arezo TV. BBC News Uzbek TV reaches 1.8 million viewers in Afghanistan every week.

BBC News Uzbek offers content for Uzbek speakers in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and the rest of the world, and is one of the largest international news providers in the region. In addition to the website, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Odnoklassniki, BBC News Uzbek connects with audiences via Facebook, Twitter and Telegram.

BBC News Uzbek is part of the BBC World Service.