Radio Pakistan Hyderabad accused of favouritism
HYDERABAD, March 19, 2005 Dozens of activists from the People’s Cultural Wing, a subsidiary organization of the PPP, observed a token hunger strike outside Hyderabad Press Club on March 18 to protest alleged corruption at Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad, and to seek improvement of its Sindhi transmission and solution of problems of Sindhi broadcasters and artistes.
Sarfaraz Rajar, Sindh president of the cultural wing, who led the protest, criticised the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) for what he said ignoring corruption at the radio station and reducing time for Sindhi programmes. He demanded more time for Sindhi programmes.
He claimed nepotism and corruption was on the rise at radio stations only one family had monopolized all programmes.
He claimed programmes were being given to favourites of PCB officials in complete disregard of ability and talent. He claimed the mode of payment to artistes was creating problems for those hailing from remote areas.
He claimed most equipment of the radio station and its transmitter at Matiari were outdated and damaged resulting in disturbance in transmission to remote parts of the province.
He demanded of the authorities concerned to take action against those involved in corrupt practices at the radio station and install new equipment to improve its transmission.
Source: Daily Times