Iran International TV not coming back to Chiswick Park

Iran International TV has now confirmed that it has permanently departed the site

Iran International TV has exclusively revealed to The Chiswick Calendar that it will not be coming back to Chiswick business park.

The station, which is the leading independent 24/7 news channel serving an audience of over 30m amongst the Iranian population and global diaspora, trusted for its independence of the Iranian regime, came under threat against the lives of its journalists and was forced to leave the site to move to a temporary home in February, when Counter Terrorist Police told them the site was too open for them to secure on a permanent basis.

The TV station’s  journalists have been subject to threats and harassment since its launch 2017. These threats escalated following their decision to cover the protests that erupted in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the Iranian Morality Police in September 2022.

In November last year, several journalists and other members of staff were informed by the Metropolitan Police of an imminent and credible threat to their lives. In February this year, the decision was reluctantly taken to cease broadcasting from London while they looked for a new permanent home.

Image above: Security at Chiswick Park at the beginning of the year to protect journalists at Iran International TV and other working on the site

Iran International TV has now confirmed that it has permanently departed the site. Volant Media UK, parent company of Iran International and Afghanistan International, is no longer at Chiswick Park. In a statement to The Chiswick Calendar they said:

‘Iran International TV would like to thank the Metropolitan Police for their tireless work in protecting both the staff at the Channel and the general public in Chiswick in the face of serious threats.

‘Iran International TV also thanks Enjoy Work, the operators of Chiswick Park, for their support and understanding in difficult and exceptional circumstances. Finally, Iran International TV would like to thank the residents of Chiswick and those employed in the area for their patience and forbearance amid the disruption caused by the security measures that had to be put in place these past ten months.’

Iran International TV has been broadcasting from its studios in Washington DC since February but will resume broadcasting from its new UK studios later this year. Mahmood Enayat, General Manager of Volant Media, owner of Iran International TV, said:

“The support given to us by the Police continues with the move to our new studios, where we have implemented bespoke security measures under Police guidance, which includes a programme of staff training. The strong security measures in the new studios are part of our ongoing security programme necessitated by the threats against foreign-based Iranian media.”

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