Punjab varsity radio station in Muzaffarabad
LAHORE, December 08 2005: Punjab University mass communication department is launching an FM radio station in Muzaffarabad on Saturday. Prof Dr Mugheesuddin Shaikh, the department chairman, told a press conference here on Wednesday December 7 that the test transmission of the FM 104.6 had successfully been running for the last three weeks.
It would broadcast live and recorded programmes on different issues like health (especially on use of clean water and sanitation), education, child protection, religion and talk shows. The prime function of the FM station was to provide health education to the quake survivors.
The radio channel would initially cover a radius of 30km, he said, adding that the plan of setting up the same in Balakot and Rawalakot was in the offing.
Prof Mughees said the project had been partially supported by Unicef and the WHO. He said Unicef had promised to distribute 5,000 transistors among the residents of Muzaffarabad. He said the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority had initially given a three-month licence to the people operating radio channels there.
He complained that the private companies operating there were creating problems in running the varsity’s radio channel.
According to him, a team of 11 students of the department was engaged in the channel project while the department had also prepared replacement teams. The launch of the project did not affect the transmission of the departmentÂ’s FM station, he said.