|Headquarters||Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting|
|Website||Sahar TV website|
Sahar TV (Persian: شبکه سحر šabake Sahar, "Dawn TV"), is the name of two Iranian TV channels that are part of Sahar Universal Network (SUN) which is the branch of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting responsible for broadcasting programs internationally via its Azeri, Bosnian, English, French, Kurdish and Urdu language television channels.
It broadcasts to Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus, some parts of Northern Africa, Oceania, and all the countries in the subcontinent of India and Eastern Asia. Sahar TV is currently banned in France.
On 16 December 1997, Sahar Universal Network began broadcasting English programs for one hour a day. It gradually increased its airtime up to 4 hours a day.
Although the main function of English TV is to propagate the Islamic educations, the structure of the topics and genres of programs in English TV are varied.is miscellaneous. Programming is not restricted to politics and news, but scientific and social documentaries, clips, and game shows also.
In February 2005, French-based Eutelsat banned all broadcasts of Sahar TV by the orders of the administrative court due to its alleged incitement of antisemitic tirades for broadcasting Syrian TV series, Zahra's Blue Eyes, which was produced by the Lebanese TV station, Al-Manar, owned by Hezbollah organization.. Iraqi information director Nazar Heydar cited the French ban has violated human rights conventions.
- (full text of the decision Archived 17 December 2004 at the Wayback Machine, press release Archived 17 December 2004 at the Wayback Machine, in French; BBC report)
- EU, Brussels, 17 March 2005 EU Rules and Principles on Hate Broadcasts: Frequently Asked Questions Retrieved 26 July 2006