Current affairs radio channel begins in November
ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) is set to launch its news current affairs channel in November this year to keep pace with the trend of international media. “Initially, transmission of the new channel will be of 10 hours from 0700 hrs to 0900 hrs and from 1600 hrs to 2400 hrs daily,” Director-General Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) Syed Anwar Mahmud told a press briefing.
He said the new channel will air detailed reports of events at national and international scenes in addition to comments on major news stories, besides, special chunks have been allocated to broadcast district news. The programmes will include national and international news, business news, weather, sports round-up, headlines, newspaper, Aaj Ka Din and Pakistan Nama. He said the news and current affairs channel will be linked to all stations of Radio Pakistan through an audio-channel of Thai Com satellite.
He said, PBC Zhob, Khuzdar, Loralai, Turbat, Bahawalpur and DI Khan will only relay first session of the transmission from 0700 hrs to 0900 hrs from PBC Islamabad. PBC Larkana and Channel-11 of PBC Hyderabad, Karachi, Quetta and Lahore will relay both sessions of transmission from PBC Islamabad.
However, PBC Larkana will telecast first transmission from 0700 hrs to 0900 hrs and second transmission from 2000 hrs to 2400 hrs. The transmission will be broadcast over two newly-built 100 KW medium-wave transmitters from Rawalpindi and Karachi, 500 KW medium-wave transmitters of Islamabad. The transmission will be interactive and go on air through an anchorperson. A 100-KW short-wave transmission is being set up at Rawat to extend transmission to India and Bangladesh. The PBC, the DG said, is negotiating with an international company to hire transmitters to expand its morning transmission for listeners in the US and Canada.
Of the 10-hour broadcast, three hours will he reserved for English language. He said, so far, Pakistan had been without a national Radio channel and this new channel will thus serve that purpose. The DG emphasised that as there was no assistance from outside for this channel. He clarified the resource persons have been appointed from different districts but no person is appointed as full-time employee. He said that the timings of the religious programmes will not be curtailed.
Source: The News