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Supreme Court bars acting chairman PEMRA from working

By: Sohail Khan ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday barred the acting chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Dr Abdul Jabbar from holding office and asked the government to appoint a head of the authority on a permanent basis. A two-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Jawad S […]

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Illegal local radio stations taken off air in Swabi

PESHAWAR: Around a dozen unlicensed FM radio stations were taken off the air in Swabi district over the last couple of days for spreading religious hatred. Also, the administration seized equipment used by these radio stations and booked their owners for illegal activity. The provincial had taken notice of the illegal operations of illegal FM […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page, Radio

Pakistan’s radio silence

By: Samson Simon Sharaf The past week was a nightmare for wireless users in Pakistan. The blackout of cell phone communications in most parts of the country affected not only the GSM and CDMA based mobile and SMS communications, but also major business houses, banks, multinational corporations and their remote camps using PTCL wireless and […]


Cell numbers no longer portable; ban imposed

By: Mehtab Haider ISLAMABAD: In view of instructions issued by the Ministry of Interior, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Wednesday ordered banning Mobile Number Portability (MNP) with immediate effect. According to orders issued by the PTA, the regulator slapped ban on the MNP that was going to impact millions of subscribers of the cellular operators […]

Information Technology, Media and Governance, Radio

Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation to establish satellite radio station

By: AH Nizami MIRPUR: The Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) is all set to establish its own satellite station enabling Radio Pakistan to broadcast in 124 countries across the globe. PBC Director General Murtaza Solangi made the announcement while speaking at a ghazal show and recital of Hazrat Mian Muhamad Buksh’s poetry organised to mark the […]


Court orders removal of National Accountability Bureau officer

QUETTA: The Balochistan High Court on Tuesday ordered the removal of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigating officer from a probe into the alleged irregularities in the appointments of civil servants by the Balochistan Public Service Commission (BPSC). A two-judge bench, comprising Justice Jamal Mandokhail and Justice Ghulama Mustafa Mengal, was hearing the petition lodged […]

Media and Governance, Radio

Pakistani radio show uses mothers and clerics to undercut Taliban

PESHAWAR: Slowly, Ziarat Bibi recalled the last words she spoke to her son, her pain seeming to fill the dimly lit radio studio. “He was preparing for his exam. I told him to pick up his books,” she said, as transmitters beamed her grief to listeners across northwest Pakistan. A Taliban bomb killed her son […]


India interrupts FM Radio Mirpur transmission: Senate panel informed

BY: WAQAR LILLAH India has interrupted transmission of FM Radio Mirpur of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and transmitted its broadcast through high-powered FM transmitter, Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting was informed on Wednesday. The committee expressed displeasure over the negligence of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation for not bringing the incident into the notice of […]


Fire in Radio Pakistan

KARACHI: A number of air-conditioned studios and broadcasting rooms of Radio Pakistan were heavily damaged by a fire, which broke out in the broadcasting house, on Bunder Road, in the early hours of Friday morning. About a dozen fire-engines fought the flames and bought the fire under control in half an hour, but the mess […]


Planet FM 94 launched in Lahore

By: Saira Agha Radio Pakistan’s English Channel Planet FM 94, after its success in Islamabad, was launched in Lahore on Saturday. The new station caters to all the English song lovers and enthusiasts of our country. The launch took place at the PBC Broadcasting Centre on Empress Road where a large number of Pakistani music […]


Transmitter approved for Radio Pakistan

KARACHI: The executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved replacement of Radio Pakistan’s old medium wave transmitter with a digital 500KW transmitter at Faqirabad (Lawrencepur) which will be completed with financial assistance of Japan at a cost of more than Rs 1,644 million. Daily Times


Exploitation of media by Maulana Fazlullah

By: Madeeha Nasir “FM Mullah” is a popular term in Swat. FM Mullah was the nickname given to Maulana Fazlullah, who gained international attention through his FM radio broadcasts. Maulana Fazlullah is the leader of the Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM), a group that aims to enforce Shariah in the country. The party made in the name of […]


Shaista Zaid: an appeal to government

By: ANIS SIDDIQUI Islamabad: SHAISTA Zaid bade farewell to news reading on radio and television after over 40 years. She read her last bulletin on Pakistan Television the other day while she had left Radio Pakistan a couple of years ago for health reasons. Ms Zaid, in my opinion, is a national asset and fully […]

Radio, Television

FM radio for farmers proposed

LAHORE: The faculty members of the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) of Punjab University has proposed an idea for the Punjab government to set up a model “FM Radio-Initiative for Farmers” to educate farmers to attain the desired goal of the Punjab government vis-à-vis livestock sector. They suggested that like a laptop for each university […]