‘Begging in Beijing’ Costs MD PTV His Job

The Federal Government, on Tuesday, removed the Managing Director (MD) of Pakistan Television less than 15 days after his appointment.

Col. (retd) Hassan Immad Mohammadi, who was appointed on the post on October 22, was removed for a 20-second mistake that eventually proved to be too costly both for the government and the MD.

The notification mentions that the decision of Hassan’s removal was taken after approval from the Federal Minister for Information, Fawad Chaudhry.

PTV notification that ordered removal of MD PTV Hassan Mohammadi | propakistani.pk

Earlier on Sunday, during the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s live address from China, an apparent typographic error showed ‘Begging’ instead of ‘Beijing’ on the screen.

The word was aired for less than thirty seconds on the screen and was quickly corrected; however, it proved too late for the national television as the mistake had caught too many eyeballs.

PTV footage was shown on all private media channels not only across Pakistan but across the world as only PTV Network is licensed to cover government footage.

PTV's blunder during PM Imran Khan's live adress from China | propakistani.pk

This triggered a brutal troll on Twitter and #BEGGING soon became the top trend.

Following the incident, PTV had to release an official apology on its Twitter handle:

This did not end on a tweet, and an official inquiry was launched into the matter which initially resulted in the removal of three directors including PTV has suspended Director News, Director of Current Affairs, Director IT and panel-personnel on the following day, and now, the MD of the national television has been sacked.


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    • Nadeem Malik

      begging aur beijing main farq hota hai bhai g , itni common mistakes aap national tv sy expect nahi kar sakty ..

  • Mirza Moazzam Baig

    Served him right

  • Carl

    Koi Baat nahin bhai… ghalti ho jati hey… ab kiya bachey ki jaan loo gey.. PTV dekhta kon hey , kisi ko pata bhi nahin chalta agar isko media waley khud nahin phelatey…..

    • Ahmad Hassan

      PTV dekhta hi kon hai?
      I am sure you haven’t read the article.

  • Akbar Khan

    Yeh to apna bhai Nikla

    well he in in Beijing for begging to save Pakistan from US.

  • gul

    Its true anyways so what’s the fuss about ?

  • Ahsan Zafar

    Mistake is a mistake.How can you fire an MD for an error by someone else, Seems like a very egoistic PM who is touchy on minor issues .So if i say he’s a beggar is he going to fire me too? Ridiculous

  • Owaiis

    He deserved to lose his job.

  • shame on you imran khan… shame on you

  • Naeem Butt

    میں نے پی ٹی وی میں سات سال گزارے ہیں۔ میں جانتا ہوں کہ میرٹ کی دھجیاں اڑاتے ہوئے کیسے نالائق سفارشی نکھٹو لوگوں کو محض سیاسی وابستگیوں کی وجہ سے سابقہ حکومتوں نے پی ٹی وی میں بھرتی کیا۔ اس سب کا خمیازہ تو بھگتنا ہی پڑے گا نا