Govt is Considering Shutting Down PTV World

Due to incurring losses of more than Rs. 350 million, since its initiation in 2013, the government is in talks to either shut down PTV World or merge it with other state-run networks or TV channels.

Last week, several meetings were held between the senior members of information ministry and the Pakistan Television (PTV) to discuss the future of the state-run network of tv channels.

The talks centered around making this network a revenue-generating entity which has incurred losses of approximately Rs. 3 billion since the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) came to power in 2013.

To revive the state-run network, PTV directors were told, by the ministry, to submit plans to restructure the network.

Officials involved in this issue have confirmed that State Minister for Information, Mariyum Aurangzeb, is behind the plan to save PTV. On the other hand, prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has applied to become the managing director (MD) of PTV, a post that has been vacant for more than 2 years.

As confirmed by a local news agency, majority of officials were against the idea of ending PTV World. Instead, PTV’s Controller Incharge Rafat Nazir, suggested in a proposal, to air the initial programs of PTV World in foreign countries like the UK and the USA.

Another thing to note is that every year, the information ministry allocates about Rs. 105 million for the channel’s operations. However, in the report of 2015-2016, auditor general of Pakistan claimed that this release of money was irregular and that the channel’s launch was not a part of the ministry’s businesses. The funds did not even receive an approval by a person of authority.

The channel, which was launched by the PPP government under Asif Ali Zardari’s “verbal directive” has faced severe economic, managerial and editorial issues. Plus, the absence of an MD for more than 2 years has caused a downfall of the network and has forced the government to come to the rescue. Also, about half of the PTV World employees haven’t been regularized as well.

State Minister, Marriyum Aurangzeb, told a local news agency that a complete restructuring plan was being considered and that shutting down the channel was not being prioritized.

According to Mariyum Aurangzeb, a business-driven model for PTV Home’s content was being made. “The plan will activate studios of regions and major PTV studios in provinces,” she told.

It is astounding how a free-to-air channel with the largest audience in Pakistan (compared to all private channels), the most expensive ads potential and citizen paid funding could even incur any losses. How the government and PTV administration even manages to go in the red even after earning so much in revenue is beyond understanding.

    • Bro, pagal ho ya koi nafsiiyati masla hai? PTV ki reach Pakistan k har konay me hai, har village me dekha jata hai, yeh Ad farmers k liye hota hai weley logon k liye nhi.

      • Abid bhai ap ko Wahab bhai ki nafsiyati haalat ka kaise pata chal gaya ?
        Wahab bhai to jis psychiatrist k paas jate thhe aj wo psychiatrist khud pagalkhane mein paya jata hai aisi aala aur nafsiyati shaksiyat hai Wahab bhai ki

    • Gadhay, Pakistan ki almost 60% population directly and indirectly agriculture industry se taluk rakti hai.

    • یہ وہی روایتی مولوی والی سوچ ہے کہ پاکستان میں ہر خرابی کے پیچھے یہود و ہنود کی سازش ہے.
      اپنی دو نمبریو کا ملبہ یہ بے ایمان لوگ غیر مسلموں پر ڈالنے کے عادی ہیں.

  • PTV is nothing but a platform of hypocrisy and propaganda.

    During the period of PPP, they’d highlight how Pres. Zardari is doing this, doing that to make Pakistan a better place. Its news anchors would spend the whole 1 hour of their political talk show focusing solely on even the tiniest of accomplishments of PPP and would try their best to amplify them while deliberately turning a blind eye on the likes of inflation, terrorism, corruption, extreme load shading (Upto 16 Hours at one point, in LAHORE!) and the deplorable condition of law and order.

    But ever since PMLN came into power, the VERY SAME news anchors are seen bashing the VERY SAME Govt. they used to praise a few years ago i.e The PPP and Asif Zardari!

    If that’s not the absolute “peak” of hypocrisy, then I don’t know what is!

    Media should be unbiased, free and moderate in its perspective.

    About he only thing PTV is good at is its presentation of news. The way private news channel’s news casters scream and quite literally ‘yell’ is simply… Unethical, cheesy and downright grotesque and appalling.

    Watching a ‘certain’ popular news channel never cease to give me a headache!

    They all ought to see just how formally and calmly the likes of BBC and CNN present their news.

    Good Day!

  • Please get rid of ALL state run TV channels and stop charging monthly fee via electric bills.
    Even the mosques have t pay TV fee….A blunder only possible in Pakistan.

  • LoL

    Where is Rs 60 which is Collected on every Electricity Bill every month
    Where is that Money
    And Taxed and Incomes of PTV via Ads etc

    Trying to make fool to all People of Pakistan


  • پی ٹی وی اپنے آغاز سے ہی صرف ایک پالیسی پر چل رہا ہے کہ سب اچھا ہے.
    چاہے ملک میں کتنا ہی خون خرابہ اور تباہی کیوں نا ہو، یہ ادارہ ہمیشہ حکومت وقت کے گن گاتا نظر آئے گا.
    بدلتے وقت کے ساتھ لوگوں کی ترجیحات اور پسندیدگی بھی بدلتے رہتے ہیں مگر یہ چینل وہی فرسودہ نظام اور پالیسی پر عمل پیرا ہے.
    ناظرین کی آراء کو بہت کم توجہ دیتا ہے.
    اب وقت آگیا ہے کہ یہ چینل خواب غفلت سے جاگ جائے اور پرائیویٹ چینلز کا مقابلہ کرنے کے لیے میدان میں اتر آئے.
    یہی اس کی بقا کا ضامن ہے

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