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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 […]

SAFMA sues Dunya TV for Rs 100 million

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA chapter of the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) on Friday filed a legal suit of Rs 100 million in damages against the management, producers and anchorpersons of Dunya News and rightwing analyst Zaid Hamid. A district and sessions judge accepted the civil suit for preliminary hearing and ordered […]

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 […]