presstv is a 24-hour English language news and documentary network, affiliated with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). IRIB is state-owned but independent of the Iranian government in its management, and is the only legal TV and radio broadcaster inside Iran. IRIB’s head is appointed directly by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and is considered to be close to the country’s conservative political faction. Press TV is headquartered in Tehran, and has offices and bureaus around the world, including London, Beirut, Damascus, Kabul, and the Gaza Strip.
The TV channel was launched on 8 July 2007 with the slogan News Anew. The Chief Executive Officer of station is Mohammad Sarafraz. Press TV upgraded to 16:9 widescreen format on 17 November 2011, being the first Iranian network to upgrade its feed to this format, and the second international news network based in the Middle East to do so, after Al Jazeera English.
Currently, viewers can watch Press TV in English, Arabic, and Spanish-language versions of its sister networks iFilm and Hispan TV on numerous free-to-air satellites worldwide. Data shows that the viewers from USA, UK, France, Canada, India very often watch Press TV.
The station has been criticized for “anti-Americanism” and “uncritical embrace of conspiracy theories”. Press TV began its activities in London during 2007. Roshan Muhammed Salih was Press TV’s London news editor and chief correspondent.
Alexa Traffic Rank is 17,873 and Traffic Rank in Iran 776.