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No equipment to block illegal radio stations

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ISLAMABAD: The radio frequency authorities have admitted not developing any mechanism to block illegal use of airwaves despite a large number of violations over the years. The unauthorised use of the radio spectrum, according to the Telecommunication (Reorganisation) Act of 1996, is an offence that may be punishable with imprisonment up to three years or […]

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Azhar, the man who knew TV, dies

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ISLAMABAD: Aslam Azhar, a distinguished broadcaster and media personality, died in Islamabad on Tuesday. He was 83 years old. His days in the world of the small screen are dubbed the golden years of television in Pakistan. Aslam Azhar was one of the founding fathers of Pakistani TV, the title not merely an empty slogan. […]

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Tribespeople reliant on militant or foreign radio for news

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PESHAWAR: As reliable news or even some entertainment is hard to come by in Fata, around 71% of tribespeople are solely reliant on radio for their information. These statistics have been revealed in a report called the Fata Development Indicator Household Survey 2013-14. The report will officially be released on Monday (today). The lack of […]

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Nation marks 139th birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam

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ISLAMABAD: The 139th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was celebrated throughout the country on Friday with full national spirit and enthusiasm. The day dawned with special prayers in mosques for the Quaid and prosperity and development of Pakistan. It was a public holiday and national flag was hoisted at […]

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Islamic State-backed radio resurfaces

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PESHAWAR: Although Pakistani soil is no longer used by militants to transmit messages of violence and extremism, the country’s airwaves are being polluted by three stations from across the border in Afghanistan. The most recent addition is the Radio Khilafat station of the Islamic State (IS). The station has traumatised locals not only in the […]

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IS khilafat radio could also be heard in Pakistan

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Anti-government radio , “Voice of the Caliphate”, launched in Afghanistan by the Islamic State (IS) is also being heard in tribal areas of Pakistan, a local media reported. According to the local media, the radio broadcast can be heard in Halimzai Tehsil of Mohmand Agency. The brodcast begins after Maghrib and lasts for an hour. […]

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Media and the policing of society

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KARACHI: “The incidents of intolerance in society are not as important as is the response to them of the civil society,” said journalist Ghazi Salahuddin. He also laid stress on the response determining the true strength, or weakness, of a society. This was shared at a roundtable discussion held on Thursday titled ‘The role of […]

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Pakistan denies cellular interference in Held Kashmir

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is not resorting to cellular interference in Held Jammu and Kashmir, but in fact it is trying to resolve the issue.According to a Pakistan Telecommunication Authority top official, the issue of spill over signal is across the border and both the countries are facing interference. “We have several emails to TRAI (Telecom Regulatory […]

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Radio ki kahani: Abidi for revival of radio listening

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ISLAMABAD: Raza Ali Abidi, arguably one of the most accomplished broadcasters in South Asia, has called for a focus on airing infotainment so as to reintroduce radio listening in the country. The veteran broadcaster and author of a number of books as well as travelogues cited the fast paced nature of broadcasting itself as the […]

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‘No one was willing to give a blind person a chance to host a radio show’

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KARACHI: Attitudes towards the visually impaired in Pakistan are of a curious nature, oscillating between extreme indifference and ill-advised sympathy. Both are detrimental as they undermine the positive role such an individual can play in society. This is why many strive to generate discourse about the nuance of integrating people with disabilities into society in […]

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Newly-upgraded FM radio station launched in Mohmand Agency

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SHABQADAR: A freshly-upgraded FM radio station was launched in Mohmand Agency on Monday during a ceremony at Nahaqi Kandao. Mohmand Rifles Commandant Umer Haider Bukhari, PA Mohmand Waqar Ali Khan and Asif Iqbal inaugurated the state-of-the-art FM radio station. Tribal elders and leaders of the peace committee were also present on the occasion. Speaking to […]

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Revival of radio

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Radio Pakistan is a symbol of our statehood and nationalism. We should never consider it a burden on the state coffers. Nor we should take it as a purely commercial organisation. It has helped to produce a plethora of artists, singers and musicians from all around our beloved homeland. It has in its repository many […]

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PEMRA presents financial report to president

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Acting Chairman Muhammad Parvez Rathore on Thursday presented report of PEMRA’s operations and accounts for the financial years 2010-2014 to President Mamnoon Hussain at the Presidency. President Mamnoon said that with unprecedented growth of media in the country, its role had become very important in impacting the norms […]

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Radio silence

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By Kamran Shafi Now that there is a committee set up for talking to the Taliban, including a ranking member of the PTI, the good Mr Rustam Shah Mohmand; senior journalist and now the prime minister’s (PM) adviser on national affairs, Mr Irfan Siddiqi; the much respected journalist Mr Rahimullah Yusufzai; and one-time spook Major […]

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