01/09/02 -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

Paksitan Press Foundtion

01/09/02

ISLAMABAD- Federal Information Secretary and Chairman, Pakistan Broadcasting and Television corporations, Syed Anwar Mahmood said the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) will soon be launching a new radio station at Gwadar for the benefit of the people of the coastal area and another one at Umerkot.

The PBC has undertaken this project out of its own resources, without demanding any special grant from the government, he said while inaugurating 2-day bi-annual PBC station directors’ conference here. Anwar said the media has to a play a very effective and important role in the given situation. “The time is not that of extremism but truism and realism”, he said and asked them to prepare and equip themselves with new ideas and thoughts to face the challenges ahead. He said very positive and encouraging reactions have been pouring in from all over the world on the steps announced by President Gen Pervez Musharraf in his address to the nation on January 12. He emphasised the need to exert focus on current affairs and External Services’ programmes so as to make them effective and attractive for listeners abroad.

Director General, PBC, Salim Gul said the PBC has undertaken the opening of new radio stations together with upgradation the existing ones in order to face the challenges of the time. He said radio has been performing its national obligations despite limited resources. He said with the successful running of existing FM-101 stations the PBC administration has decided to add four new FM projects at Hyderabad, Sialkot, Rahimyar Khan and Faisalabad shortly besides starting Radio Prime Time later this month.

He said new blood had been inducted in the broadcasting field, which, he hoped, will be able to fill the vacuum. He said merit, experience and performance has been the motto in the selection of the new talent. The conference is also being participated by concerned professionals besides the station directors from all the 24 radio stations of Pakistan.

Source: The News
Date:1/15/2002