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Conducive atmosphere must for media, cable operators: Firdous

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fridous Ashiq Awan Thursday said that a conducive working atmosphere would be ensured for media and the cable operators. Talking to a delegation of cable operators at Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Headquarters, the information minister said the government considers the cable operators as media partners and the […]

SZABIST colloquium: Musharraf was bad for TV, Zia was good

By Noman Ahmed KARACHI:One day, dictator Ziaul Haq’s information secretary General Mujibur Rehman called up director Shehzad Khalil demanding an explanation: In his drama, why did the hero choose a church and not a mosque while seeking refuge from a mob out to lynch him? Such was the oppressive atmosphere in which Pakistani television worked […]

Anti-intellectual trends on television decried

KARACHI: The anti-intellectual and regressive trend in current television dramas and talk shows was decried by media experts on Saturday in a day-long colloquium on ‘Television in Pakistan’. Organised by the Department of Media Sciences, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (Szabist), the event took a critical look at the past, present […]

KP Judicial Academy to have TV, radio channels

PESHAWAR: Television and radio channels will be set up at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy for people’s education on their legal rights, said Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Mohammad on Friday. “Efforts are afoot to establish radio and television channels in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy for raising public awareness about their legal rights […]

CCP takes action against cable TV monopoly

The CCP received a formal complaint from Nayatel and informal complaints from residents of National Police Foundation (NPF) that a ten-year agreement took place between NPF and Tri-Star Cable TV Network (TCTN) on November 27, 2008 granted exclusive right to TCTN in respect of multi-channel Cable TV. ISLAMABAD: The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has […]

Malik against inviting rebels to talk show

Iftikhar A. Khan ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said the process of dialogue with disgruntled Baloch leaders has been started. Talking to reporters after visiting offices of the National Database and Registration Authority on Wednesday, he appealed to the media not to invite rebel leaders to their talk shows. The minister said propaganda was […]

Ali Zafar: A new twist to Pakistani cinema

By IANS NEW DEHLI: Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar says Pakistani cinema is going through a bad patch but feels that with the entry of new age directors and the social media, the content quality is expected to improve. “Pakistani cinema is going through a rough patch, but slowly, it is getting better, with new age […]

Cable operators to be given status of industry: Firdous

SIALKOT: Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Sunday said the status of industry would be given to cable operators. In a meeting with Cable Operators Association of Pakistan chairman Khalid Arain here, she said all problems being faced by cable operators would be resolved. The minister asked cable operators to adopt careful approach […]

Pemra warns TV channels over ‘debate’ on Balochistan

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) late Friday night warned private TV channels against holding programmes and talk shows on Balochistan issue highlighting views of some disgruntled Baloch Sardars without any editorial control. In a letter to private TV channels it termed such debates against sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan. It says such programmes […]

Cable operators warned against airing ‘illegal’ channels

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has given a final warning to all cable TV operators across the country, asking them to immediately stop distributing TV channels that are illegal or proscribed by the authority. No channel other than those licenced by PEMRA would be let distributed on cable TV networks, and any […]

Notices issued on Haider’s plea against ‘illegal’ release of album

Tahir Siddiqui KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the owner of a production house, a director of the Federal Investigation Agency, police officials and others in a petition of well-known singer Ali Haider against the illegal release of his audio-video album and alleged harassment by the respondents. The singer impleaded the […]

Anchors and rating

POLITICAL and social discussions on many TV shows have become boring. Anchors of these shows exploit a topic beyond measure as the discussion sometimes tends to digress from the topic of the show. The better ratings craze seems to govern the mentality of TV anchors and their claim to provide information to the public seems […]

Celebrated TV star waits to light up screens again

Talat Hussain talks about how a foulup worsened his skin allergy. By Rafay Mahmood ” Not calling my voice or acting skills God’s gift would be sacrilegious,” Actor Talat Hussain. KARACHI: From a gatekeeper at Lyric Cinema to one of the greatest actors Pakistan has ever seen, Talat Hussain has had his share of hardships […]

Talk show travesties

Syed Abbas Hussain Urdu broadcasting news in Pakistan on the contrary seems to have converged tabloid journalism with news analysis, resulting in a hotchpotch of sorts. The outcome is a cheapening of the political discourse While flipping through news channels, one cannot help but notice the prominence that talk shows have gained. Discussion programmes on […]