Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans living in the United States (US) can now receive news and entertainment in Amharic thanks to a new television network, Ethiopian Television Network (ETN). Launched in the US on 1 March, the 24 hour independent satellite broadcaster is the brainchild of journalist Mulugeta Lule, who sought political asylum in the US in 1996 following multiple arrests and imprisonment in Ethiopia for articles critical of the government. Other staff members include Nebiyu Eyassu, also a journalist, and the well-known Ethiopian entertainer Tamagne Beyene, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where ETN is headquartered. Like Lule, both men are in political exile in the US for having criticised the Ethiopian government.
The programming includes news and political analysis, educational programmes and entertainment mostly in Amharic, with some programmes in English. For now ETN targets the over 100,000 Ethiopians living in North America, especially in the Washington area.