4 educational channels to be launched by year's end -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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4 educational channels to be launched by year’s end

ISLAMABAD (Agencies) Government of Pakistan has decided to launch four new educational TV channels by end of this year.

The said channels would be helpful in imparting quality education relating to IT and other fields. It is learnt that the said channels would be linked with public sector universities and later all of these channels will be linked with satellites.

The government has also decided to telecast these channels for 24 hours. These channels would provide a guideline and information for educational purposes.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Television and Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation would provide uplinking facility to TV and radio channels that are expected to be established in private sector by Pakistani nationals.

This was stated by Information Secretary Anwar Mahmood while talking to News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan.

He said that after being directed by President General Pervez Musharraf, the Ministry of Information and media Development directed the PTV and the PTCL to provide their satellite facility to electronic media channels that are, for the first time, being established by Pakistanis.

“Me facility will be permanently available to the channels and they will not be required to contact the two organisations again and again,” he clarified. The Secretary disclosed the ministry would allow the establishment of only those channels that are owned by Pakistanis.

The nationals of other countries are barred to launch such channels, he clarified. Responding to another query, he said, “The private TV and Radio channels, we expect, would adopt the same code of ethics, which is applied to Radio Pakistan and PTV.

“This may not lead us to the conclusion that the government is willing to control the private channels. Every organisation is required to adopt certain principles, and such will be the case with these channels,” he clarified at the same time.

The Ministry of Information and Media Development, he said, in consultation with the APNS and CPNE finalised various draft laws concerning defamation, access to information, registration of Publications and Press council.
Source: The Nation
Date:8/22/2002