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Prime objection: The local television industry is protesting the airing of imported productions fearing its collapse

By: Syed Moayyed Ali Jafri The recent issue regarding airing of foreign dramas on Pakistani channels has rung up bells, gongs and what not, of concern and alarm among artistes and producers. “It’s important to understand what we are most concerned about; it definitely is not the competition, has very little to do with the […]

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PEMRA issues rejoinder to look-after bureaucrats report

ISLAMABAD: Pemra on Friday issued a detailed rejoinder to a story in The News headlined, “Pemra disfigured by look-after baboos on all posts”. It said the news reflects that probably some disgruntled elements have misled this leading newspaper by providing exaggerated and deceptive information just to tarnish the image of the organisation for their personal […]

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PTV to launch English channel next month

By: Saadia Qamar KARACHI: Pakistan’s state television, PTV, is poised to venture into new territory as it announced on Thursday that it will launch a new PTV English Channel by January 10, 2013. PTV’s Managing Director Yousuf Baig Mirza, who flew in from Islamabad to speak with journalists in Karachi, informed a packed conference room […]


Are Turkish soaps really a challenge for Pakistani TV industry?

By: Rafay Mahmood KARACHI: What started with a bunch of beautiful Turkish people talking in Urdu has apparently turned into the Pakistani drama industry’s great challenge. Many in the industry and certainly viewers have welcomed and fallen in love with these dramas, coming in as they are from a Muslim country like Turkey, which has […]

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PEMRA disfigured by ‘look-after’ bureaucrats on all posts

By: Ansar Abbasi ISLAMABAD: The Pemra, the regulatory body for the electronic media, has been badly ruined during the recent years after having been turned into an entity ruled by a bunch of temporary officers, all of whom terribly failed to do their primary job of a regulator. Although, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on […]

Broadcasting, Radio, Television

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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Language we use

By: Zofeen T. Ebrahim Where are our home grown versions of debonair and charming television hosts like BBC’s Zeinab Badawi and Stephen Sackur? Where are the definitive desi hosts who can ruffle mighty feathers and pop egos while grilling them, albeit in a respectful manner; and at the same time guarantee intelligent conversation punctuated with […]


Can anchors’ ‘anarchy’ end?

By: Abbas Nasir WHERE the chief election commissioner’s appointment fuelled optimism about the conduct of the next election, the discourse in the electronic media leaves a lot to be desired. First, the consensus which put Justice Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim in office and now the quality of interaction between his office and the political parties as […]

Media Ethics, Television

Lost in transmission

By Farrukh Khan Pitafi The writer hosts a show called “Capital Circuit” for News One Television. The bane of all our woes. Conservatives accuse it of spreading vulgarity and obscenity, challenging our family values. Moderates and liberals complain about growing sensationalism, voyeurism and a cacophony of political shallowness. Courts find it a vehicle of contempt, […]


A national entity

By: SYED NAYYAR UDDIN AHMAD On the 48th anniversary of Pakistan Television Corporation, I salute PTV and all its former and current staff members for their contribution to making PTV a globally recognized institute with their toil and sweat. Whenever, the history of television will be written, the immense contribution of PTV in projecting the […]


A note to TV anchors!

By: Dr Haider Mehdi As a student and Professor of Mass Communication, Media and Politics, a fundamental factor that has been resilient in my philosophical and intellectual discovery has been the importance of human behaviour and organisational conduct in media outfits in relation to larger societal development and political progress in our time. Needless to […]

General News, Television

Geo TV presents special live transmission today

KARACHI: Geo TV will telecast special live transmission on the eve of Youme Farooq-e-Azam today (Friday). This transmission will be based on three hours to be started at 4 pm. Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain will illuminate the incident of Shahadat of Syedna Farooq-e-Azam (RA) and most importantly he was the protector of the seal of […]


The Television divide

By: Rafia Zakaria THE heroine of a recent telefilm Riaya faced a conundrum. Married to a less-than-successful shopkeeper nursing pretensions of piety, she could barely keep the tea and bread going. Worse than the financial constraints were the impositions of her husband, who preferred to be called ‘maulvi sahib’ by his wife, daughters and sundry […]


Have never bowed to any pressure: Malick

ISLAMABAD: Muhammad Malick, whose Dunya TV program is to go off air next week reportedly because of outside pressure, said in a tweet Friday “anchoring of principles was way more important than anchoring any show.” He made it clear he had “never bowed to any pressure before -no matter what hue – and never will.” […]