|Launched||October 28, 2010|
|Owned by||Marjan Television Network Ltd.|
|Picture format||16:9 (576i, SDTV) Become HD coming soon|
|Broadcast area||Europe, Northern Africa & Middle East (including Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan)|
|Affiliates||Manoto2 (closed in June 2011)|
Manoto (Persian: من و تو Manoto, English: I and You) is an international free-to-air Persian language general entertainment channel launched in October 2010 that is owned by Marjan Television Network, which was established by Iranian couple Kayvan and Marjan Abbassi. It is based in London and its programs include documentaries, films, series, news and reports.
Manoto's viewership rates are difficult to determine; however, anecdotal reports about the channel's ubiquitous popularity suggests that it has gained rapidly in market share to rival more established satellite channels like BBC Persian and VOA Persian TV. According to a BBC report in 2008, these channels may be watched by at least 30 percent of households inside Iran.
Manoto's funding comes from venture capitalists, according to a 2011 report on human rights and information access in Iran by the Foreign Policy Centre, a UK-based independent think tank. The report did not name the venture capital firms behind the station. However, many Iranian analysts believes that the channel is promoting Iran's ousted monarchy purposefully.
Kayvan and Marjan Abbassi, the UK-based Iranian couple who launched Manoto 1, in 2010, stay out of the media spotlight. They and other Manoto 1 officials have usually declined to comment for their company and TV channel despite repeated requests for interviews.
Googoosh Music Academy
In this program, Googoosh and her team of experts, Hooman Khalatbari and Babak Saeedi, help unknown Persian performers maximize their talent in vocal music and singing, like the American program, American Idol. It was also launched in the British TV channel, Unique TV.
Befarmaeed Sham (Befarmāid Ŝām) (English: "Dinner Is Served"), is the Iranian answer to the UK cooking show Come Dine with Me, in which participants host dinner parties and compete for the title of best cook and entertainer.
Miss World and Miss Universe
Miss World and Miss Universe are the oldest surviving major international beauty pageants, Miss World created in 1951 and Miss Universe in 1952. also these pageants are part of the Big Four international beauty pageants. Every year since 2011 Manoto shows this International pageants on Manoto TV.
- "About us". Manoto. 2010-11-30.
- "~ﺱ ﺍﺯ "ﺑﻔﺮﻣﺎﯾﯿﺪ ﺷﺎﻡ ﺍﯾﺮﺍﻧﯽ" ﻧﻮﺑﺖ "ﺁﮐﺎﺩﻣﯽ ﻣﻮﺳﯿﻘﯽ ﺍﯾﺮﺍﻧﯽ" ﺭﺳﯿﺪ!" (in Persian). ﺳﯿﻨﻤﺎﯼ ﻣﺎ. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
- "Blog | Manoto TV". FRONTLINE. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- Torbati, Yeganeh. "London TV channel dips a toe into Iran culture war". Reuters. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- Monavar Khalaj (10 April 2013). "Primetime battle for Iran’s airwaves". Financial Times. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- "Googoosh Music Academy". Unique Television. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
The reference for #1 was deleted because it cannot be verified.