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BBC Urdu, Express News collaborate to air Sairbeen

By: Farhan Zaheer KARACHI: For the first time ever BBC World Service is making a mark on Pakistan’s national television with its flagship programme, Sairbeen. The live show is going to start from February 11 on Express News with live input from the BBC World Service Studio, London. Sairbeen, an Urdu word, does not need […]

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Aalam Aur Aalim’ starts on Geo TV today

KARACHI: ‘Aalam Aur Aalim’, hosted by Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain will start today (Monday, February 4) and will be aired every Monday to Thursday at 6:00pm on Geo TV. As usual it will encompass social and religious problems of our society. The chief objective of this programme is to teach and guide the masses, so […]

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Launch of BBC Urdu’s Sairbeen programme from Feb 11th

KARACHI: BBC World Service has announced the upcoming launch of the first ever BBC Urdu TV programme, Sairbeen, which will be broadcast from Monday, 11 February on a private TV channel in Pakistan. The new BBC TV programme builds on the longstanding success of the flagship daily BBC Urdu radio programme brand, Sairbeen, which is […]

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A trendsetter in Pakistani journalism

By: Zeeshan Azmat In Pakistani history of journalism, one name that outshines all the others and will always be remembered, in the sub-continent, for the years to come is of, none other than, Late Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman. This is not only because of his sheer dint of hard labour but also because of his courageous attitude […]

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Press Council of Pakistan, Women’s Empowerment Group sign accord promoting media ethics on portrayal of women

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KARACHI: Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) and Women’s Empowerment Group (WEG) signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to become strategic partners to collaborate on interventions on social development and media ethics related to human rights, while emphasising women rights particularly. As per the signed MoU, scope of intervention of both parties includes creating public awareness, […]

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Express’ entertainment launches two new shows

After getting rave reviews for the Urdu dubbing of Turkish soap Manahil aur Khalil, Express’ entertainment channel has two new foreign shows that promise to leave viewers glued to their TV screens. This time around, the channel will be launching two foreign contents — one of them is a Turkish mega hit serial Asi, while […]

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South Asian Free Media Association conference and the Line of Control

The eighth regional conference of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), in which members from eight countries of South Asia participated, was recently held in both Amritsar and Lahore. Their ‘peace caravan’, comprising over 200 delegates, crossed the border into Lahore on Monday in the hopes of “opening minds and borders”. The usual themes […]

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SAFMA Amritsar-Lahore Declaration

We, the journalists from eight member countries of SAARC, having met at SAFMA’s 8th South Asian Free Media Conference on: “A vision for South Asia and union: Opening minds, opening borders”, in Amritsar on 6 January and Lahore on 8-9 January 2013, underlining the historical, cultural, social and economic ties across South Asian borders, and […]

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Pakistani FM Radio Sector to Establish Platform to Promote Professionalism and Local Community Development Agenda

About 40 licensed independent FM radio stations in Pakistan have decided to establish a formal platform to represent the radio broadcast sector’s interests and to promote greater professionalism and an enhanced and prioritized focus on local communities to become the premier voice of the people across Pakistan. This was resolved at a National Radio Conference […]

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‘Urdu will survive the test of time’

By: Waqas Naeem ISLAMABAD: In 2000, Tasleem Elahi Zulfi took an early retirement from Air Canada in Toronto. He had a simple reason to leave: he planned to launch a TV channel. 12 years later, Zufli’s project, Urdu TV, is one of the most popular desi cable channels among Canada’s South Asian community. It would […]

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Geo Tez Channel To Launch Soon

By: Zafar Mughal Geo Television new channel Geo Tez will be launched soon and it is expected that within few weeks the new channel will be on air. Geo English (English Channel) name was changed to Geo Tez and also changed from English to Urdu. Moreover Islamabad High Court (IHC) also permitted Geo Tez to […]

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