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Aangan Terha being staged from today

KARACHI: A stage play based on the famous 1980s TV series Aangan Terha will be staged from Feb 8 at the Arts Council Karachi auditorium. This was announced by writer of the play Anwar Maqsood at a press conference at the Arts Council on Thursday. The play would last for 90 days. He said the […]

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Foreign dramas threaten Pakistani cultural values

ISLAMABAD: Artistes of the Pakistani showbiz industry said that a sequence of events hastened the collapse of the Pakistani movie industry but the two setbacks that stand out in this unwanted process are the decision to allow the exhibition of Indian films in Pakistani cinemas and the airing of foreign, especially Turkish and Indian, drama […]

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Turkish play

By: RIZWAN THE Pakistani public, which has gone crazy over the Turkish plays now being screened here, has not seen the best play called The Magnificent Century. It is about the political, military and love life of Suleiman the Magnificent. Almost the entire of Europe has been watching it for a year, with at least […]

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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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Protests against foreign dubbed content and his plans of taking Pakistani programmes to channels abroad

There was a time, back in the glory days of PTV, when streets would wear a deserted look during the broadcast of a popular drama serial. People would even schedule wedding functions around them and entire families got together to watch their favourite characters play out their lives on the small screen. More than a […]

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Turkish plays: futile controversy

By: AYESHA MAHMUD IN recent weeks people associated with the TV drama industry have made a huge uproar against the screening of Turkish plays on local TV channels. I am of the view that we, the viewers, should be the ones to decide about what we would like to watch, and the local drama fraternity […]

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Audible level of TV commercials

By: MALIK T. ALI MANY Pakistani private TV channels are available on cable and through Internet devices within the US and are very popular with the expatriate community living here. These TV channels must conform to laws in the US, otherwise they may face censure. The US Congress has recently passed a law ordering the […]

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Good show of solidarity

By: Ali Akhtar The Pakistan Broadcasters’ Association’s (PBA) decision to frame an agenda to protect TV channels from government pressure is a commendable one. It is the primary responsibility of the media to keep the masses informed. Similarly, it’s the people’s right to know the truth. As elections are near, it is feared that the […]

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Learning from Turkish soaps

By: SANA KHALIQ THE recent protests against foreign soaps being aired on TV channel is just another way of local producers, directors and artistes demonstrating their domination over the industry. It is quite interesting though that how a single Turkish drama was able to wreak havoc with the local industry. I would like to point […]

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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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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 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 TV soaps

By: ZAMAN MALIK THESE days there is much hue and cry against the airing of Turkish dramas on a private TV channel. Actors from across the country to people in parliament were seen and heard speaking against the foreign content. All were advocating that there must be a code of conduct imposed by Pemra against […]

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Turkish soaps a welcome change

By: JAFFAR NAQVI THE recent screening of Turkish soaps on different private TV channels came as a pleasant surprise for its viewers. The soap, ‘Ishq-i-Mamnoo’, aired during prime time, caused a furore that surpassed all ratings records in Pakistan. The hue and cry being made by local artists and production houses against such foreign soaps […]

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