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Anchors urged to make talks result-oriented

KARACHI: The senior journalists urged anchor persons to make the talks of different political figure result-oriented in their shows as they were opinion builders. Replying queries at discussion entitled ‘Media speak: how the media talks to us’ at KLF here on Sunday. They observed that many times the debate remained inconclusive. The speakers included Mujahid […]


Anchored well in PTV

Ahmad Hassan ISLAMABAD: Anchors of private television channels command fabulous salaries proportionate to the ratings they earn for their channel. But it seems that those working for the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) have to worry about something other than ratings or qualification. That could be the only explanation for a PTV anchor, whose graduation degree […]


PTV nomenclature for TalibanTaliban

FOR some mysterious reasons, PTV seems to have a soft corner for terrorists and murderers like the Taliban. The Taliban’s deeds need no recounting. They blow up mosques during Taraveeh and Friday prayers, bomb Eid congregations (because they wanted to murder Aftab Sherpao), and they attack religious processions, hospitals, funerals and peace jirgas. They obediently […]


Balochistan: the ISI and the media

By Dr Qaisar Rashid Gradually, the relationship between the media and the ISI turned symbiotic and some quarters of the media took upon themselves the job of defending publicly every act of the ISI Perhaps the world would have been a better place to dwell in if military solutions to political issues had been successful. […]


Freedom or licence for TV?

By Zubeida Mustafa THERE is much to be cherished about the freedom that our media, especially the electronic media, has come to enjoy. The extent to which this freedom — it was called licence in earlier days — has gone is provoking a debate. This is a positive development because there are some media heavyweights […]


Freedom or licence for TV?

By Zubeida Mustafa THERE is much to be cherished about the freedom that our media, especially the electronic media, has come to enjoy. The extent to which this freedom — it was called licence in earlier days — has gone is provoking a debate. This is a positive development because there are some media heavyweights […]


Why ‘M’ is not really a word

By: Ali Sultan Whenever some controversy about the media erupts, everyone gathers around and bulldozes social networking, print and television with “what actually is the media’s role.” My personal favourite is “we need to actually define things.” The thesis is simple, defining anything is sheer bollocks. It means that if the definers had their say, […]


TV in black & white

By: Alefia T. Hussain Day after day, minute by minute, TV takes us places in pursuit of ‘drama’ — to private quarters of private people, to crime scenes, to studios where heads meet to create noise; a lot of noise. TV looks for drama at all the odd places — in hospitals, police stations, court […]


‘PBC officials visit abroad to discharge duties’

ISLAMABAD: A news story published in The Nation on February 1 regarding foreign visits of the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) officials is misleading and distorted. A press release issued by the PBC says facts and figures about the issue have not been correctly reported. The factual position about the visits of PBC officials abroad to […]


Congress slams Aiyar on Pakistan TV show

By: Jawed Naqvi NEW DELHI, Feb 3: India’s ruling Congress party on Friday disapproved of party leader Mani Shakar Aiyar appearing on a Pakistan TV talk show in which Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, participated through a phone link, the Press Trust of India said. “I don’t know […]


Regulating live TV: How to tame the watchdog?

After a morning show caused outrage, journalists push for a code of ethics . By Zehra Abid KARACHI: Pakistan’s freewheeling electronic media, still in its nascent stage, needs much disciplining to step out of its current “state of anarchy,” journalists say. A debate on ethics and ‘moral policing’ by the media has ensued after Maya […]


Pemra warns TV channels against defamatory satire

Mumtaz Alvi ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Tuesday took serious note of what it called the creeping undesirable media practices, whereby television channels in particular had started invading the personal privacy in total disregard to social norms and ethics. The authority here in its 73rd meeting took a controversial morning show by a […]


PTV, cricket, racism

PTV introduced shocking racism in its 9pm news bulletin when it said the Pakistani victory over England at Dubai on Saturday had destroyed ‘white arrogance’. What the hell! Was race the issue? We all were thrilled by our victory, but, while bringing that racism in its news bulletin, PTV forgot that precisely at that moment […]


Objectivity

I AM a Pakistani and have been residing in Beijing for the last few months. One thing that I miss here most is the entertainment provided by news channels and spicy talk shows back home. But some time we get a chance to view these shows on the Internet, getting in touch with the recent […]

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