Afghan Biographies

Zan TV

Name Zan TV
Ethnic backgr.
Date of birth
Function/Grade Background and Names
History and Biodata

Founder Zan TV:
Hamid Samar

Director of Zan News Programming:

Mrs. Naserine Nawa, born 1991 in Herat, Afghanistan (20170807)
Mrs. Setera Hassan, born 1985 in Afghanistan, migrated via Pakistan to Danmark where she went to school and studied. Her parents still live in Danmark, but she went back to Afghanistan.(20181112)

Daily News show:
Mrs. Yasamin Yarmal
Journalists and presenters at Zan:
Mrs. Mehria Azali, born 1995 in Afghanistan
Mrs Krishma Naz, born 1995, presenter of a music show
Mrs. Khalida Rashid Presenter,(20181112)
Mrs. Farida Nekzad

Zan, meaning “women” in Arabic, is the first TV station in Afghanistan to be made for and run entirely by women. It’s a radical initiative for a country where the television industry is run solely by men and where just 16 years ago, journalism and even access to education for women were banned. “We want women to have an active role in politics and society,” says Nasrine Nawa, 26, Zan’s director of news programming. “We’re empowering them to lead independent lives outside the home.” The channel employs 50 women to create its daily mix of news, politics and lifestyle shows. In a country still recovering from Taliban rule, Zan’s team are transforming attitudes – and ratings are soaring. Fifty women aged 17 to 28 work for Zan; half are qualified, half are learning on the job. “Many trained journalists are jobless because most TV stations won’t employ women, so we do. We also want to train young women who might not have access to education because of where they live or their family,” says Nawa. Zan also employs 10 men to train women in operating cameras and editing film. It posts jobs on its Facebook page, which had an average of 8,000 likes a day in May 2017. The TV station was founded May 23. 2017 by the media entrepreneur Hamid Samar, who saw a gap in the market when going through dozens of job applications from women at another TV station.

Last Modified 2019-06-14
Established 2017-08-07