Regional languages to get more time on TV, radio: Rashid -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Regional languages to get more time on TV, radio: Rashid

PESHAWAR, January 07 2006: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Friday January 6 that more time would be given to regional language programmes on radio and TV to project and highlight the culture and heritage of the region. Inaugurating the 100 kilowatt high-power transmitter (HPT)-III at Azakhel in Nowshera district, the minister said electronic media could play a key role in promoting national cohesion and harmony among people.

The media should divert their energies for creating a healthy and tolerant society instead of creating dissension in their rank and file, he added.

He disclosed that Pashto TV Channel Abaseen would go on air this year which would mainly focus on telecasting news, current affairs and entertainment programmes.

The coverage of the state-run electronic media would be extended to Fata and Northern Areas, he said, adding that he took strong notice of the misuse of FM radio channels in parts of the NWFP and asked Pemra to take action against them.

He said six radio stations in Sargodha, Mianwali, Mitti, Kohat, Bannu and Gwadar would be set up whereas Pemra has issued licenses to eight FM stations. The new 100 KW HPT-III will cover 160 km and 180 km radius.

The minister announced a bonus of 15-day salary for the workers of HPT-III.

The Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Director-General, Tariq Imam, said that the new HPT-III was equipped with the latest German technology.
Source: Dawn