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BBC Persian Television is the BBC’s Persian language news channel that was launched on 14 January 2009.[1] The service is broadcast by satellite and is also available online. It is aimed at the 110 million Persian-speaking population in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The annual budget of £15 million was funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,[2] but as with the BBC World Service which is also funded by the FCO, the BBC remains editorially independent,[3] though some Iranian media have accused the British Government of using the service as a propaganda tool.[4] The Iranian government issued a statement denouncing the new service as ‘suspicious and illegal’, and ‘working against the interests of the Islamic Republic’.[2] On 1 April 2014, all World Service funding transfers to the Licence Fee model, which is paid for by all UK residents who watch television as it is broadcast. As of November 2017, BBC Persian has an audience of 13 million Iranians