It has been less than two months since Ashur TV’s coverage started reaching North America, and so far the reception (excuse the pun) by people has been amazing. The chatter and the buzz about the channel is starting to intensify, and it is becoming like a ritual to walk into an Assyrian home and find the family watching Ashur TV.
Many had doubts whether this channel could ever extend its reach beyond the Middle East, let alone reaching the North American continent, which it has done. This wouldn’t be possible without the great efforts and determination of the Ashur TV staff as well as the generous support from people everywhere.
I have been watching this channel on a regular basis for close to two months and I really like what I see so far. Of course, things can always get better and that will come with time and experience.
The channel has appealed not only to our own Assyrian people but to other Iraqis as well, given its neutral look and fair coverage of events in Iraq. In fact, it could very well be one of the most fair channels in all of Iraq, serving both the Assyrian as well as the Iraqi cause as a whole.
Some people may want more programming in Assyrian, and understandably so, but there is a very good reason why you may hear other languages. First, the channel would like to appeal to all segments of the Iraqi society. Media is a tool that Assyrians can greatly benefit from, and make our voices heard. Without a voice, Assyrians will soon become like strangers or even aliens in their own native land. You need a channel like Ashur TV to connect with your people as well as Iraqis in general.
When watching the channel, you often see and hear non-Assyrians expressing their liking and admiration of the channel. In fact, when I watch the channel, I feel so hopeful and start to believe that things in Iraq are much better than what we hear in the media. Of course, Iraq still has its issues and ethnic divisions, but Ashur TV does such an amazing job of trying to bridge the differences. Iraqis should appreciate this channel and the great job it is doing.
It goes without saying, the channel is funded by Assyrians, and it can only stay on air as long this financial and moral support keeps on coming. Did you make a donation yet? if not, you should right away at AshurTV.org
Speaking of financial support, I was so happy to see local Assyrian businesses advertise on the channel. These businesses should be supported and thanked. Let us give them more business than they can handle as an appreciation for advertising on Ashur TV and to encourage other businesses to do the same.
I am hopeful that individual donations will not be the only source to keep the channel going. Soon, the channel will have more businesses advertising on it, thus broadening its budget to be able to do even more. Commercializing the channel is key to its success, as much as the people’s donations are.
Finally, Ashur TV staff in cities all around North America are doing a fabulous job of covering local events and talking to our people in the diaspora. Ashur TV is truly connecting the Assyrian people, and giving us a new hope.
And like I mentioned earlier, when I watch this channel, I feel more hopeful than ever before about the state of our nation and people. Sure media can do magic and make things look better than what they otherwise are, nevertheless Ashur TV is a beacon of hope for Assyrians and all of Iraq.