More than a quarter of all radio and television programs produced in Iran are dedicated to Islamic and religious topics, new research shows.
Out of a total of 345,000 hours of programs produced in the country in 2021, more than 70,000 hours were dedicated to Islamic teachings, the collaborative initiative Iran Open Data said in an article published on April 26.
It said the volume of programs related to Islamic teachings is six times that of scientific topics and three times that of political and economic topics.
Assuming that the production cost is equally distributed among different types of productions, Iran Open Data estimated the cost of producing programs dedicated to Islamic teachings at around $56.2 million annually.
A large portion of the budget of the public service broadcaster, Iranian Broadcasting Corporation’s (IRIB), is appropriated from the general budget.
Iran Open Data's original article in Persian is available here.
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