PTV Defends 180% Increase in License Fee That Everyone Has to Pay

Days after the news of a hike in PTV’s license fee made headlines, the state-run channel has issued a statement to defend its decision.

The management of PTV faced a massive backlash on social and mainstream media for relying on the money from power consumers to meet its financial expenses and for not having a business plan of its own.


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In response to the criticism, the state entity has now released a statement saying that this a global practice.

Public broadcasters are supported by their respective governments through TV license fees all around the world to project their national narrative, undertake non-viable development projects of transmission dissemination, carry out commercially non-viable educational and information content necessary for national development and integration, social harmony and peace.

It noted that several developed countries charge a hefty monthly fee from their citizens to fund their national channels.

Countries like the UK, France, Germany, and Turkey charge a monthly TV license fee to fund BBC, France TV, DW, and TRT, respectively.

It added that the fee (Rs. 35) charged by the government of Pakistan in the name of a TV license is much lower as compared to other countries.

Contrary to inside reports, the statement claimed that PTV earned an operational profit of Rs. 300 million during the financial year 2018-2019 after accumulating losses for three consecutive years between 2015 and 2018.


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Rebuffing the information that a fee increment proposal was signed and sent to Prime Minister for approval, the state-run broadcaster said that such activities are part of every board of directors meeting, thus, should not be taken as a decision.

In every BoD meeting, a status update of the ongoing plans is reviewed, and existing strategies are fine-tuned based on operational ground realities. Therefore, the minutes of one or two BoD meetings cannot be construed as the complete plan of action of the organization as it is just a small part and not the whole.

It maintained that the media and the masses should not establish an impression based on a piece of information that does not reflect its future strategy.

  • i think the dilemma with us that we (consumer) donot understand that its our money which is spend sparingly. We never bother where our tax money is spend and who are sarkari muft khoras.
    Readers may comment better but i have come across one survey where it was mentioned that only 26% of govt servants are actually works rest are all wailay

    Why we are making beggars instead the institution like PTV should make his own business plan (not this 180% increase)

  • What a bunch of freeloaders, What national narrative? They cant even maintain a descent nos of viewers, nobody views PTV anymore, instead of answering for what they have achieved for the past amount they are asking for more, Pakistani awam is not here to re-enforce failures like PTV, you want money go start earning it!

  • “the fee (Rs. 35) charged by the government of Pakistan in the name of a TV license is much lower as compared to other countries.”…. Abbay Saalay!!! phir unki tarah ka quality content bhi to do na.

  • AOA- PTV first should make sure its signals in all Pakistaini areas. In Sheikhupura PTV – News Channel and Sports channel has no Coverage
    – especially after head line News. no Signals observed.
    – We are unabable to see news after 9.15pm it is happening from years.
    Even i presented the Issue in citizen portal but no response.

  • PTI- govt is looking for every opportunity to get money from people. But they should must think that in private sector in Construction industry. we are in a very bad shape. No projects NO business. no salaries.
    Most of The projects are with the Chinese and Chinese himself are coming with chinise labour and taking no people from local.
    We appreciate that PTI is fighting hard with Maphias but they should also understand ground realities and provide oppertunities for locla construction industry

  • they should curb using too much money and producing very bad content, ary and AAP NEWS AND OTHERS are way better

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