Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) to launch dedicated channel to link stations
ISLAMABAD- The two-day “Programme Conference of Station Directors” held at the PBC headquarters and has decided to launch dedicated news, sports and current affairs channel to link the two newly installed 100kw transmitters at Rawalpindi and Karachi. The conference held on March 28 and 29 decided to introduce PBC News Hour from 8pm to 9pm. A committee comprising Director Programmes, Director Engineering, Controller Reporting will decide exact format and contents of the proposed News Hour within three weeks. In this regard a one-hour pilot programme would be prepared in May and a final decision will be made in the second week of the month. The conference also decided to consider possibility of placing a high power transmitter in Hyderabad.
One of the recommendations made at the conference was that 30-minute programmes Investigative report pertaining to national issues should be produced weekly and broadcast on national network. It decided that a pilot programme should be sent to Headquarters by April 12 in this connection. The programme will be evaluated by a committee comprising Director Programmes, Controller Home, Controller Current Affairs and Controller Reporting.
Current Programmes Units at Karachi and Lahore will contribute at least ten quality music items. Hyderabad, Multan, Quetta, Dera Ismail Khan, Bahawalpur, and Rawalpindi will also contribute at least two well-produced music items for broadcast in programme Jagta Pakistan on national network. It advised those station which close their transmissions at 11 pm to broadcast the newly produced items locally in a fixed chunk. The conference decided that an amount of Rs. 500,000 will be put at the disposal of Director Programmes for distribution among stations for purchase of music instruments.
The conference recommended that Rawalpindi-111 pilot programme entitled WOODWAH SAHNI based on a tragic story of frustrated Indian soldier fighting in occupied Kashmir was appreciated as a very good presentation. The programme was approved for broadcast on weekly basis.