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Voice of America Seeks Farsi Language 'Hollywood News' TV Show to Air in Iran

7:37 AM, Jan 10, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
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A similar solicitation had been issued by the BBG in 2012, but was subsequently withdrawn on May 31, 2013, "[d]ue to a change in Agency's needs."  That same day, the Treasury Department announced new sanctions against Iran targeting "the Iranian Petrochemical Industry as well as the Iranian Regime’s Attempts to Evade Sanctions and Support Terrorism."  Less than five months later, the new solicitation was issued just days before the announcement of the late October meeting in Vienna between Iran and the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany to discuss Iran's nuclear program.

When asked if decisions to cancel the initial solicitation and then later reissue it were in any way connected to the Treasury Department's May 31 sanctions or the October Vienna meeting with Iran, the BBG spokesperson responded, "No."

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