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New channel: Hero enters ‘news with entertainment’ arena

KARACHI: ‘Hero TV,’ billed as a channel for ‘news with entertainment,’ began its test transmission on June 1. The channel has been launched by the Express Media Group. The tag line of the channel is ‘Dekhaday Sab Kuch’ (reveal everything), and analysts wonder whether this will be an exciting news media outlet that will promote […]

Hajj awareness campaign: PTV, PBC, religious affairs ministry sign MoU

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Television, Radio Pakistan and the Ministry of Religious Affairs on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understand for Hajj Awareness Campaign, 2012. Joint Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs Shahzad Ahmad, Managing Director PTV Yousuf Baig Mirza and Director General Radio Pakistan Murtaza Solangi signed the agreement. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira […]

NH&MP signs MoU with ATV, Ufone

Islamabad: National Highways and Motorways Police (NH&MP) extends its partnership to ATV electronic media channel along with Ufone to help in achieving the goal of road safety. Inspector General Wajid Ali Khan presided at ceremony arranged for signing Memor-andum of Understandings (MoU) with ATV and Ufone here on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, the Inspector […]

Acid attack women fear backlash over Oscar film

ISLAMABAD: Survivors of acid attacks whose plight became the focus of an Oscar-winning documentary now fear ostracism and reprisals if the film is broadcast in Pakistan. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy made history earlier this year when she won Pakistan’s first Oscar, feted across the country for exposing the horrors endured by women whose faces are obliterated in […]

Sacking of TV employees condemned

ISLAMABAD: The federal executive council (FEC) of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (Dastoor group) has strongly condemned the sacking of journalists and other staff from various news channels, and delay in payment of their salaries. The FEC at its meeting, presided over by its president Idrees Bakhtiar, took stock of the difficulties being faced by […]

TV licence fee

Sir: Pakistan is the only country in the world where the government charges a TV licence fee from its consumers via electricity bills at Rs 35 on monthly basis. What is the purpose of charging a TV licence fee and what benefit does the consumer get by paying through electricity bills? Who is pocketing all […]

Sensitising the masses: Shahbaz lauds role of cable operators

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has lauded the role of cable operators in creating awareness among the masses on important issues. He was talking to a delegation of the Cable Operators Association of Pakistan, headed by its chairman Khalid Arain and comprising Malik Furqan, Zubair Khalid, Tahir Javed, Sheikh Ijaz, and Niaz Sheikh, a […]

Saving face

I came away from the movie unders­tandin­g my countr­y much better than I had when I went in. By Bina Shah The writer is an author, most recently of Slum Child (2010). She has written for numerous publications including Dawn, The Friday Times and Chowk Saving Face is one of the most difficult movies I’ve […]

Digitizing broadcast: Chinese companies to help PTV achieve target by 2015

PESHAWAR: Chinese companies will help Pakistan Television Corporation to achieve the target of digitising of its telecast system by 2015, which is obligations of the international telecom body, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Thaimoor Azmat informed the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday. Giving details, he said PTV Administration contacted some Chinese companies […]

PTV scam echoes in PAC

ISLAMABAD: The mega scam in purchasing equipment for the state-owned Pakistan Television echoed in the Public Accounts Committee Wednesday when a PPP lawmaker, Noor Alam Khan, claimed he could prove that $1.5 million were taken as commission for moving the file. During the PAC meeting Noor Alam Khan enquired from secretary information and broadcasting Taimoor […]

PTV English bulletin

PTV once used to have a bulletin in English. It was widely watched, and the foreign and diplomatic community used to watch it to know news about Pakistan. I wonder why PTV has stopped it. The diplomatic community, foreign journalists and foreign visitors will watch it eagerly if PTV decides to resume an English bulletin […]

World Television Award comes home courtesy Rehan Ahmed

Rehan Ahmed, a producer/director at HUM Network Ltd has bagged the Best Documentary Short Award at the World Television Awards, organised every year by the Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting. Rehan has an extensive portfolio producing documentaries, television serials and morning shows for the network. He was nominated and sponsored by the media conglomerate to […]

Talk shows are farcical

PAKISTANI politics has always been in turmoil. It has been subjected to critical views all round the globe by hundreds of television channels in every language. Every channel hosts many talk shows, not only in Urdu but in many other regional languages as well. Nevertheless this kind of politics has given a boost to talk […]

PEMRA issues show-cause notices to TV channels

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has served show-cause notices to 17 TV channels for airing unedited live footage of blood, gore, dead and mutilated bodies amid a private plane crash. The authority has also issued notices to 24 entertainment TV channels on account of airing indecent, vulgar and unethical programmes, advertisements, shows, […]