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Chairman barred by Supreme Court still running PEMRA, calls meeting

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By: Ahmad Noorani ISLAMABAD: It’s not only the top constitutional office holders who are flouting the judgements of the superior judiciary, a junior Pemra official, who was given a look after charge of Pemra chairman by PPP government and was removed by Supreme Court two-weeks ago, has started using powers of the Pemra Chairman in […]

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Pakistan Broadcasters Association pledges collective resistance to pressure

KARACHI: The Pakistan Broadcasters Association adopted in its board meeting on Monday a ‘media protection policy’ that could lead to ‘collective boycott and collective legal action’ against ‘illegal’ shutdown of news channels for not following ‘advice of political parties and pressure groups’. “In the past channels have been shut down using force and coercion because […]

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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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Gender and television

By Tazeen Javed The writer is an Islamabad-based freelance communications consultant. She tweets @tazeen and blogs at http://tazeen-tazeen.blogspot.com The gender-based discourses on Pakistani television may not be very dynamic but the way they are discussed leaves one to ponder if those who are at the helm of the affairs have any idea about the impact […]

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After fighting Iron Man, Faran Tahir arrives in Karachi

KARACHI: A long way from Hollywood, actor Faran Tahir shared his experiences and love for the performing arts with the audience at The Second Floor (T2F) on Sunday. Famous for his role as a villain in the movie based on Marvel’s superhero, Iron Man, Tahir has worked along the glitterati of Hollywood, including Tom Hanks, […]

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Juhi Chawla sees Mumbai reflection in Karachi

By: Umair Ali Anjum KARACHI: Bollywood superstar Juhi Chawla, along with her husband Jai Mehta, is in Karachi to attend a wedding ceremony of her relative. “There is resemblance between Karachi and Bombay,” one of her relatives quoted her as saying while she took a tour of the city. Scores of her relatives and fans […]

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PTI asks PEMRA to curb foreign content on TV channels

By: Mumtaz Alvi ISLAMABAD: Objecting to the airing of foreign content on private TV channels during prime time, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday demanded that the Pakistan Electric Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) should strictly monitor the TV channels and cable operators and take a prompt action in this context. “PTI expresses solidarity with the local […]

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Turkish soaps: a development on media front

By: AZMAT ANSARI AS a teacher of Media Sciences for more than a decade in different universities at the MBA and BBA levels, I keep an eye on new developments on radio, television and press. Turkish soaps are a development on the media scene. These have introduced much that is new and fresh, for example, […]

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NA body for ban on airing foreign content during prime time

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Thursday recommended the government to ban airing all foreign contents in any language during the prime time and take strict action against the violators. The committee meeting, held with Beelum Hasnain in the chair, was attended by its members, Secretary Information Rasheed Ahmed, Pemra Chairman […]

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Turkish plays: unjustified protest

BY: SYED TASADUQ INSTEAD of protesting and seeking government protectionist regulations against Turkish, Spanish dramas, the United Producer Association (UPA), which represents private television producers and production houses, should compete with foreign dramas by improving their quality and standards, so that the local viewers prefer watching Pakistani dramas rather than Turkish and other foreign soaps. […]

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Turkish soaps: an economic issue

By: AAMIR RAZA THE United Producers Association (UPA), a body of local TV soap opera producers, is protesting against the airing of foreign soap operas at prime time in Pakistan. After the success of a Turkish soap opera, Pakistani entertainment channels shelved a dozen of ongoing local TV serials and purchased a number of Turkish […]

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I will never stop making short films: Shuchi Kothari

By: Mahrukh Abbasi KARACHI: Pleasant, humble, and passionate — this is how one would describe Indian writer-producer Shuchi Kothari who arrived from New Zealand on December 21 to attend a wedding in Karachi. During her seven-day vacation, Kothari said she loved hearing Tina Sani’s live performance, attending her best friend’s wedding, and the casual gathering […]

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The good the bad and the ugly of Pakistani dramas

What makes a drama last a lifetime in our memories? Is it stories that reflect our own lives or the ones which allow us to step into a whole new world through a looking glass? The very best ones make us love the characters, argue their dilemmas and root for their success- no matter how […]

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Versatility, thy name is Hina Dilpazir

By: Kiran Shahid From her debut performance in Burns Road ki Nilofer to her most recent one as Momo in Bulbulay, Hina Dilpazir has gained unprecedented success and has left her imprints on the small screen. Her work, however, knows no bounds as she has done some theatre in her career as well, with one […]

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