Pakistan Television Corporation

Pakistan Television Corporation (Urdu: پاكِستان ٹیلی وژن نیٹ ورک‎; reporting name: PTV) is a Pakistani television network owned by the Government of Pakistan. The Television Promoters Company (Private) Ltd. was incorporated on February. 10, 1966. Subsequently, on June 27, 1967, it was converted into a public limited company and called Pakistan Television Corporation Limited. An excerpt from the Article of Association is given below:

"We the several persons whose names and addresses are subscribed below are desirous of being formed into a Company in pursuance of this Memorandum of Association and we respectively agree to take the number of shares in the capital of the Company set opposite our respective names:"

S.No. Name, address and description of subscriber No. of shares Witnesses
1 Mr. Shahzaib khan

S.Pk. SQA. Secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

6 Sd/=
2 Mr. S.Okamoto

Nippon Electric Company .

3 Sd/=
3 Sir Timothy Bligh

Director, Thomson Television (International) Ltd.

1 Sd/=
Total: 10

Objectives: A day before the inauguration of the Lahore Pilot Station, the Federal Secretary of Information explained the main aims and objectives of television in Pakistan.

According to him, television was meant to help solve educational and social problems, and weld the people into a strong unified and enlightened nation inspired by a common outlook on life. He made it clear that TV would not be used for political purposes or air political programmers. The secretary further said television would promote moral values, civic consciousness, pride and faith in the nation, and an appreciation of cultural heritage.

In due course, when more television stations are established, the range of the new medium would cover a wide field enabling more and more people to benefit from its educational and instructional potentialities.

The formal code of television policy was outlined as:

  • Instruction and enlightenment
  • Enrichment of knowledge and information
  • Wholesome entertainment
  • Promotion of national outlook and integration

Structure: After the successful completion of the 90-day experimental period, the Lahore and Dhaka Stations were taken over by the Television Promoters Company (Pvt) Ltd, established by the Government of Pakistan. It became Ptv in 1967.

In the same year, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting engaged the EWP Associates Ltd., Management Consultants, to devise a strategic plan for a TV Corporation, its organizational structure, business plan and operational procedures. The EWP Associates Ltd. had three directors, Raza-ur-Rehman and Saif-ur-Rehman (later Finance Minister of ) and Abdul Jabbar Malik. they were senior Chartered Accountants. Mutee-ur-Rehman Mirza, Chartered Account and Management Accountant, was the consultant in charge of the project.

Mutee-ur-Rehman Mirza, the author of the organizational structure of Ptv, describing the development of the document says, Secretary Information Altaf Gauhar while sharing his vision about the television network stated inter alia that the government had come under severe criticism for starting television in the country.

Some critics considered television a “premature baby” that would not survive and others felt it was an “in-affordable toy” but could play a role in nation building, safeguarding and promoting the political, economic and social interest of the country.

In a meeting with the Consultant in Charge, Gauhar said he wanted to see television run on sound commercial lines without impairing its public service role. This summed up the programming and financial policy of television and was made part of the Object: Clause of the Memorandum of Association.

In line with the policy guidelines, the business plan of the Pakistan Television Corporation was to develop as a commercially self-sustaining organization. To ensure financial and operational autonomy, Ptv was committed to pay 10 per cent dividend of government equity and repay all government loans with interest.

Since Ptv was meant to grow and operate as a commercially viable organization, it was important that a corporation culture, away from governmental institutions, be developed to ensure creativity and efficiency.

Accordingly, the Ptv’s organizational structure was devised on functional basis with five major Division i.e. Programmes, News & Current Affairs, Engineering, Finance and Administrations. It was a well-thought-out policy to use private sector designations accordingly. The five Divisions were headed by controllers and the head office, and at every centre, a general manager was head, supported by managers of the five functional departments. The number of directors shall not be less than seven including the Managing Director and Chairman.

Founded on 26 November 1964, by an international-sector firm NEC of Japan under license from the Government of Pakistan,[1] PTV was the first major televised media broadcasting network in Pakistan and currently operates under the government-ownership management of the Government of Pakistan.[1] Although it was originally under private-ownership management, the PTV was integrated under government-ownership in a nationalization programme in 1970, after failing to produce targeted revenue.[1] The PTV is one of the well-expanded broadcasting network infrastructure and media broadcasting divisions in the cities of Pakistan and abroad. For most of the 20th century, the PTV enjoyed a dominant position in media outlets until the start of the 21st century and was one of the two major television networks in the country.

The end of PTV's monopoly in 2000 led to a boom in electronic media in Pakistan, which gained greater political influence in country's political spectrum. As of 2016, the PTV competes with the other private television channels and remains an important asset of Government of Pakistan.

Pakistan Television Corporation
Native name
پاكِستان ٹیلی وژن نیٹ ورک
Mass media
Traded asPTV
Founded26 November 1964
Area served
Key people
Arshad Khan
Number of employees
ParentPakistan Broadcasting Corporation


Historical context

The idea of establishing a media and television industry was conceived in late 1956 and created by the privately set up national education commission, with the support of President Ayub Khan in 1960.[1] In 1961, the private sector media mogul and industrialist Syed Wajid Ali launched a television industrial development project, bringing the role of Ubaidur Rahman, an electrical engineer in the Engineering Division of Radio Pakistan, as the project director of the first television station in Lahore.[1] Ali reached a milestone in 1961 after establishing a private television broadcasting company with the cooperation of Nippon Electric Company (NEC) of Japan and Thomas Television International of United Kingdom.[1]

In 1963, a public meeting was chaired by President Ayub Khan; in which the government made decisions about the Pakistan Television stations and the media industry in the country.[1] Since 1963, its headquarters are in Islamabad, near the Cabinet Secretariat. From 1961 to 1962, a television headquarters was established in Lahore and several pilot transmission tests were taken by Rahman's team. Subsequently, many television divisions were established throughout Pakistan by this team, including East-Pakistan.[1]

First-ever broadcast and private ownership

On 26 November 1964, after an introduction by Syed Wajid Ali, the first-ever news broadcast was done which was beamed as a black and white transmission by the PTV. The first programme, formatted by Thomas Television International, telecast amateur programmes with foreign films; the television division in the Punjab Province was established with the help of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Colombo Plan, and the Government of Japan.[1] Aslam Azhar (1932–- 29 Dec 2015) was appointed the first Managing Director of the Pakistan Television in charge of all the staffing requirements at the first PTV Lahore Center. This first Managing Director and executive Aslam Azhar is widely considered to be the "father of Pakistan Television".[2] Private industries commercials were permitted with no fee; initially all the commercials of industrial conglomerates were tax-free with no additional charges.[1]

The PTV remained under the private sector management with more than half of the shares were sold to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in a fear that all shares would fall into the hands of government in the name of greater interest of the country.[1] President Ayub Khan appointed Ubaidur Rahman in the Ministry of Information to continue with the NEC joint venture collaboration in launching the PTV.

The project began with a tent on the back lot of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation by Ubaidur Rahman where a transmission tower and a studio were constructed by his team. On 26 November 1964, President Ayub Khan inaugurated the first official television station commencing transmission broadcasts from Lahore, followed by Dacca in December 25, 1964 (then the capital of East Pakistan), a third centre was established in Rawalpindi and Islamabad in 1965 and the fourth in Karachi in 1966.[1] On 29 May 1967, a private company was established as Pakistan Television Corporation under the Company Act, 1913, whereas the private sector remained charged with broadcasting on the television.[1] At that time, all Studio programmes were telecasted "LIVE" as no VTR Recording machines were available, which were made available in the year 1968.[3]

Nationalization of Pakistan Television

After the Indo-Pakistani war in 1971, the PTV was nationalized and brought in completely under the government-ownership management by then-President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's government.[1] Communication network expansion was vast by the PTV and government publicly funded its infrastructure expansion all over the country.[1]

Promotion of regional literature, science-fiction miniseries, country music, and romanticizing rural values in drama playwrights were on-aired by the PTV, at the behest of public funding by the Government of Pakistan.[4] The PTV was considered as source of major national integration.[5]

The PTV transmission switched over from its original black and white to color transmission in 1975.[6][7] Regional headquarters of PTV and television centers were established in Peshawar and Quetta in 1974.[4] In 1977–78, the PTV broadcast the live Cricket match between England vs. Pakistan.[8] During this time, the PTV's interview programming series brought many scientists, politicians, sportsmen, actors, musicians, and artists to public fame.[1]

Television programmes

By the 1980s, the transmissions of PTV could be reached over 90% area of Pakistan.[4] In 1980s, the PTV was the sole provider of television, and dominated the electronic media industry.[5] During 1980s, the conservative ideas were promoted on the PTV as part of the government policy, and heavy investments were made on the promotion of education programming series.[5]

During the decades of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, PTV dramas and teleplays were considered as the best in the South Asia. These included Khuda Ki Basti (1969–74), Unkahi (1982), Tanhaiyaan (1985), Aangan Terha, Fifty Fifty (1979–84), Studio Dhai (2-1/2), Studio Ponay Teen (2-3/4), Andehra Ujala (1984), Sona Chandi (1983), Uncle Urfi, Taleem-e-Baalighan, Alif Noon (1981–82), Waaris (1979), Dhoop Kinare (1987), Sunehray Din,Guest House Alpha Bravo Charlie, Ana, Akhri Chatan, Zair, Zabar, Pesh (1974–75) and block buster serials like Dhuwan, Kath Putli, Wafa Ham Nibhaein Gai, Bandhan, Kaghaz Kay Phool, Muqqdas, Bint-e-Adam, Malangi (2006), Sawan, Sheela Bagh, Tinkay, Aisa Bhi Hota Hai, Rasta De Zindagi, Chubhan, Kuch Lamhay, Khuwahesho Kay Sarab, and many others.

In 1990s, the PTV's programming was said initially to have intellectual appeal but succumbed to commercial pressure.[5] In 1992, the composition of PTV's programming was based upon on 56% of entertainment, and only 25% of news and educational programmes. About 54% of national programming was based on Urdu and only 16% accounted for English.[5] In response to challenges by private channels such as STN and NTM as well as Indian channels, the PTV launched transnational transmission in Bangladesh, India, Iran, Gulf States, and the United States in 1992.[5]

State capital revenue

Unlike other state-run corporations, Pakistan Television Corporation was allowed by the Government of Pakistan to raise a sizable amount of private capital to finance the stations. This includes a Rs. 35 per month TV fee charge to all consumers of electricity.[9]

Programming policy

The broader perspective to start electronic media in the country was to inform and educate the people through wholesome entertainment and to inculcate in them a greater awareness of their own history, heritage, current problems and development as well as knowledge of the world at large.

In fulfillment of its broad and main objectives, PTV's telecast policy concerning matters of national and international interests has always been motivated and guided by the cardinal principles of educating viewers about the values that are vitally important in building a united, integrated and disciplined society. These objectives have successfully been achieved through programs on religion, education, entertainment and culture.

The projection of new, emerging social order is highlighted in PTV's general programming, focusing directly and indirectly on themes like morality, civic or national responsibilities, drive against narcotics, environmental pollution, agricultural reforms etc. through discussions, shows, and through anchorpersons in the transmission.

PTV channels are family-oriented and the salient features of its policy are as follows:

  • PTV Corporation's broadcasts are family-oriented; they cater to the needs of the local audience by showing "eastern" family programs.
  • It acts on social development theory of media: That’s why it shows informative programs about health and social issues.
  • It censors commercials and holds a "conservative standard" as compared to other privately owned channels.
  • It supports government policies on national and international matters.


PTV had been received via satellite in South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. Selected programming could be seen on a satellite channel named Prime TV (with a partnership with PTV) in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America until 22 April 2006. On 22 April 2006, Pakistan Television Corporation started broadcasting directly to the overseas viewers including the US. This remains true as of January 2016.

PTV operates the following channels:

  • PTV Home – 24-hour entertainment channel (the original PTV also called as PTV ONE), the transmission is broadcast across Pakistan on terrestrial network and worldwide through satellite. The content of the terrestrial and satellite channel is different, for example, terrestrial programming includes live telecast of Pakistan's cricket matches but satellite channel cannot broadcast these matches. Before the launch of Peoples TV Network (PTN) in 1990, it was the only channel to cover entertainment, news and sports in Pakistan.
  • PTV News – 24-hour Urdu news channel which can be viewed in many parts of the globe. Replaced PTV World in 2007.
  • PTV Sports – 24-hour sports channel that started its regular transmission from January 2012, it was planned in 2003 in Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali's tenure but not launched due to political reasons. Now it's a cricket channel which is scrambled and not free for viewers on satellite. Another channel for sports is in pipeline since February 2016.
  • PTV World – 24-hour English news and current affairs channel. Started as PTV-2 in 19982 as first satellite channel of Pakistan, was given a new name of PTV World in 1998 later and went off air in 2007, it was re-launched in January 2013.
  • PTV National – An emphasis on broadcasting programmes in different languages to represent the whole of Pakistan.
  • AJK TV – For the residents of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
  • PTV Bolan – For speakers of Balochi Pashto and Brahvi.
  • PTV Global – Offered exclusively for the Pakistani diaspora in the United States on Dish Network, and recently launched in Europe.
  • PTV Parliament - Launched on 30 May 2018, will bring live proceedings of Pakistani parliament and its committees[10]

Pakistan Television News informs its viewers across the country on the latest newsworthy happenings on the national and international levels. During the past few years, there has been rapid expansion in the area and scope of news coverage.

  • Following the Pakistani private news channels, PTV News gives on-camera reporting and special news reports.
  • PTV news broadcasts stretch over from early morning till midnight. There are news bulletins in Urdu, English, Arabic and Kashmiri languages. All the news bulletins after 6.00 p.m. are being aired on the national network which are beamed through satellite to more than 38 countries.
  • Regional language bulletins include Punjabi, Pothohari and Saraiki from Lahore Centre, Sindhi from Karachi Centre, Pushto and Hindko from Peshawar, and Baluchi, Pushto and Bravi from Quetta Centre are telecast.
  • To bring home maximum coverage of international events, PTV news has made arrangements with Reuters TV, London, to satellite news items to PTV Islamabad round the clock. PTV news covers all visits abroad of VVIPs, international conferences, and important other events through its own camera teams and makes possible to air them the same night.
  • Like international networks, PTV News sent its camera team to Afghanistan to cover the fighting and plight of the common man there.

Upcoming Channels


Current Affairs Division

Current affairs programmes have been a regular feature of PTV Transmission, ever since its inception. A separate PTV Current Affairs Directorate was established in 1982.

Current affairs programmes, including regional languages, produced by each of the TV Centre are accommodated in regular PTV transmission. The themes of regional language programs mainly revolve around local and provincial matters of current affairs nature. The Current Affairs Division produces programs on special occasions such as live telecast of Armed Forces Parade on Pakistan Day, live telecast of flag hoisting ceremony on Independence Day, Head of State's Address to the Nation, documentaries on important national projects, live telecast of certain sessions of Senate and National Assembly. In the program Open Forum, Federal Ministers/Minister of States are invited to answer the questions through e-mail, on Telephone and by Media/Experts sitting in the various studios of Ptv. This program is live and is very popular amongst viewers.

Sports Division

  • Division was created in 1983 to provide healthy entertainment to viewers. It has emerged as an extremely productive and earning division for the PTV.
  • The chief objectives of this division are to arrange healthy sports entertainment through the coverage of exciting moments and happening in the field of sports and to keep the viewers abreast with the National and International sports event.
  • Sports Division is producing 200 minutes regular weekly transmission on PTV apart from occasional international/national sports coverage. PTV televises live national and international sports around the world, keeping in view the interest of Pakistani viewers.

International Relations Division of PTV

International Relations Division of Pakistan Television Corporation participates in the international television festivals/competitions sending best of its PTV programs to them. PTV has won distinguished prizes and commendations at those events.

A large number of PTV programs have been sold for telecast in other countries which resulted in strengthening of the financial condition of PTV. Such companies as Shalimar Recording and Broadcasting Company and Sports Star International Company are the major distributors of PTV programmes.

A lot of PTV plays and documentaries have been provided to foreign countries through government ministries and missions abroad free of charge for the projection of Pakistan and its people.

Dubbing and editing is carried out by PTV International Relations Division. Some selected programs are subtitled in English and Arabic languages for overseas projection especially for Muslim countries. Documentaries from National Geographic Magazine are being televised with Urdu dubbing. A series of animated imported programme "Treasure Island" is being dubbed in Urdu language for telecast. PTV has recently provided the satellite facilities to foreign agencies with regard to Pakistan's nuclear tests and has earned approximately US $400,000 each time.

PTV has procured foreign canned programs on hire/rental basis. PTV procures foreign programs including feature films, cartoons, science fiction, comedy, adventure, classic drama serials/series and public general-interest programs.

PTV Engineering Division

The Engineering Division takes care of the day-to-day operations and maintenance of PTV centers and Rebroadcast Stations, new projects, Planning & Procurement, as well as Research and Development activities.

It was an engineering feat at the time Pakistan began television transmissions in 1964 at Lahore, long before its neighbors Iran in 1966 and India in 1965. Over the years, the system has grown into a countrywide network offering two programming channels. The engineering feat was a success because NEC (Nippon Electronic Corporation) co-operated with and helped PTV launching.

Information Technology Division

The IT Department was established as a Division of PTV in 1988 and as of today has a team of 450 IT professionals with representation in all PTV Centres namely Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Multan, Quetta and Muzafarabad, AJK as well as at the PTV Headquarters in Islamabad. The IT Department provides in-house software for the News systems for PTV-News, which includes all electronic news collection, relay and on-screen presentation. In-house software created by the IT Department including mNIMS & NAPeS for PTV-News, MAPS-RT for playback installed at all PTV Centres, software for Accounting and Medical database management as well as numerous others for the automation of processes at PTV.

PTV Censor Board

Shortly after the VTR was brought to PTV in 1967, they needed a way to know if the recorded programs were suitable for TV airing. Therefore, PTV Censor Board was formed in 1968 and is headed by Director Programs Administration. It was separately instituted within PTV on the approval of the Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in December 1980 to clear and certify bulk of imported and locally acquired programs with speed and efficiency. PTV Consultant of News/Current Affairs/Presentation presently heads the PTV Censor Board.

PTV Introduction- a chronology of events (technological history)

  • 1961 Phillips Conceptual B&W Test at Expo Fair in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • 1962 Private Test Transmissions in Lahore, Pakistan.
  • 1964 Television service (PTV) in monochrome started at Lahore with Nippon Electric Company (NEC) Collaboration.
  • 1964 (December 25) Television service starts in Dhaka, East Pakistan (presently Bangladesh).
  • 1965 Transmission begins in Rawalpindi/Islamabad.
  • 1967 Transmission begins in Karachi. Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari appointed first General Manager of PTV-Karachi Center.[12]
  • 1967 VTR introduced to PTV (includes PTV Dhaka "Dacca"). Until then, most of the content aired in East and West Pakistani TV was live!
  • 1973 National Microwave Network commissioned linking TV centres.
  • 1974 Quetta/Peshawar centres commissioned.
  • 1976-1982 Color transmission started.
  • 1987 Federal TV centre at Islamabad commissioned.
  • 1992 Second TV Channel (PTV 2) for education commissioned. (One TV station at Islamabad & 16 rebroadcast stations).
  • 1996 Local area transmission from four (4) stations started and extended to 3 more stations.
  • 1998 Transmission of PTV World programmes started.
  • 1998 Up to six production centres (Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Islamabad-I & Islamabad-II). 35 rebroadcast stations in operation for PTV-1. 16 rebroadcast stations in operation for PTV-2.
  • PTV-1 – Area covered: 38%; population covered: 86.48%
  • PTV-2 – Area covered: 24.19%; population covered: 55.83%

Training academy

Established in 1987, Pakistan Television Academy is an apex TV institution in Pakistan, which imparts professional training in disciplines of television broadcast technology. It is headed by a full-time director and assisted by a team of television professionals who are members of the academic faculty.

As of June 1998, over 3100 people had attended training programmes conducted by PTV Academy. They attended training courses in engineering, computers, finance, administration, news, current affairs and programme production. They included visiting participants from other countries including SAARC country members.

Year 2012 performance

Year 2012 saw a rapid popularity in PTV programs. PTV saw a huge gain in viewership according to TRP( Target rating point company) ratings by providing coverage to 2012 ICC World Twenty20 cricket games and showing the top-rated drama serial on PTV Talafi.

Ubaidur Rahman the first General Manager and originator of PTV commissioned Pakistan's supremo artist Abdur Rahman Chughtai to design a conceptual logo for PTV, this logo was later redesigned with minor modifications by another leading artist Shahzad Nawaz Khan for a more up-to-date look. Recently in the year 2016, PTV's channel logos were redesigned by PTV's Creative Manager (Design) Babur Saghir. By redesigning the logos of these ten channels of PTV his design philosophy was as follows: "The harmony in the design of our new logos depicts unity and connectivity. The non-conventional shape represents modernity, innovation and the new age of PTV. PTV engraved on gold symbolizes the last 50 years of our very strong connection with our audience (PTV Golden Anniversary was celebrated in 2014). The diverse colour palette is representative of the diversity of our people. The golden stroke shows dynamism and the transformation of PTV."

Corporate management

The Chairman/CEO is appointed by the Prime Minister and, finally confirmation approved by the President. The Chairman heads the Board of Governors that are appointed by the Government of Pakistan to manage its affairs and reports directly to the Information Secretary of Pakistan. As of current, Arshad Khan is the current chairman of the PTV.[13]

The Managing Director (MD) is the administrative head of the PTV with executive responsibilities. The appointment of MD comes from the approval from the Government of Pakistan and approval from the Chairman of the PTV.[14]

The early team in 1964 at PTV-Lahore Center

  • Ubaidur Rahman - founder and Chief Executive Officer of PTV; first General Manager, by appointment of President Ayub Khan in 1964
  • Aslam Azhar - first Managing Director of PTV Lahore Television Center (26 November 1964)
  • Nisar Hussain - first Program Producer / Director of PTV- Lahore Center)
  • Mumtaz Hamid Rao - first news reporter in the field, later News Editor and Head of News and Current Affairs
  • Zubair Chaudhry
  • Fazal Kamal - hired away from old Radio Pakistan, Karachi station by Aslam Azhar to join his PTV Lahore Center team in 1964
  • Nisar Mirza - cameraman
  • Khurshid Akhtar Naqvi - cameraman
  • Mustafa Kamal Mandokhail
  • Sharif Khan Poonchwaley - sitar player
  • Tufail Niazi - folk singer
  • Muslehuddin - first news reporter of PTV Programs at Lahore Television Center
  • Zafar Samdani - first news editor at PTV Lahore Center
  • Tariq Aziz- first on-air news broadcaster PTV Lahore Television Center (26 Nov 1964)
  • Kanwal Hameed - first female news broadcaster
  • Syed Mohsin Ali was the legendary drama producer of PTV News, who produced popular and award-winning drama serials including Tanhaian, Ankahi, Aathwaan Samandar, and the serial Jinnah say Quaid, about the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Ali was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award and many other PTV Awards. He was also the teacher of famous film and drama producer Shoaib Mansoor. They jointly produced the drama serial Sunehry Din.

PTV personalities

See also


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  2. ^, "Father of PTV Aslam Azhar passes away at 83", Retrieved 17 Jan 2016
  3. ^ "PTV's Official Web Portal".
  4. ^ a b c Qadeer, Mohammad. "Development and Countryside". Pakistan - Social and Cultural Transformations in a Muslim Nation (google books). Routledge, Qadeer. ISBN 9781134186174. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
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  6. ^ History of Pakistan Television Network, Retrieved 13 Jan 2016
  7. ^ Gunaratne, ed. by Shelton A. (2000). Handbook of the media in Asia (1. Aufl. ed.). New Delhi [u.a.]: Sage, Gunaratne. p. 62. ISBN 0761994270.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
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  9. ^ AsiaMedia :: PAKISTAN: PTV to earn Rupees 4 billion through license fees: New collection system Archived 17 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Marriyum Aurangzeb launches PTV Parliament channel - Daily Times". 30 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Ch Fawad Hussain on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  12. ^ a b, on Dawn newspaper, Published 31 Oct 2010, Retrieved 5 May 2016
  13. ^ "Arshad Khan appointed as PTV Chairman". 28 September 2018.
  14. ^ "PTV's Official Web Portal". Retrieved 15 August 2016.

External links


AJK TV is a Kashmiri basic cable and satellite television channel by Pakistan Television Corporation. Subsequent to the resolution passed by Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly requesting for the establishment of new channel in Azad Jammu Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan & directive from the President of Pakistan in the year 2002, it was decided to establish a new TV channel in AJK, GB in early 2004.In pursuance finally a portion of Radio Pakistan building was selected by the Chairman PTV/PBC to serve as AJK TV initially started on 5 February 2004 with its inauguration by the President of Pakistan.

AJK TV is a Urdu, Kashmiri, Shina, Balti, Broshiski, Wakhi, Pahari-Potwari , Gojri, Pashto, Punjabi Languages channel for the people of Pakistan-administered Azad Kashmir & Gilgit Baltistan. AJK TV broadcasts programs from Islamabad, Muzaffarabad, Gilgit, Bagh, Diamir, Bhimber, Hunza, Mirpur, Kotli, Chilas, Rawlakot, Neelum and Skardu cities. AJK TV is primarily a Government of Pakistan's step to increase prosperity in Kashmir and all the other mentioned territories through media.

Alpha Bravo Charlie

Alpha Bravo Charlie (Urdu: الفا براوو چارلی) is an action and thriller Pakistani drama, produced by ISPR and directed by Pakistani drama and film director Shoaib Mansoor.It is a sequel to drama series Sunehre Din (Golden Days) with some of the same cast. The series ran on PTV from May till July 1998. The last shooting was completed at PMA Kakul on 4 December 1997. The drama was produced by PTV Lahore centre and Shoman Productions.

The events in the drama involve romance and comedy, while reflecting the Pakistan Army's operational involvement in the Bosnian War and Siachen conflict.

Ana (TV series)

Ana is a Pakistani TV drama that aired on PTV in early 1984. It was a story of three generations and about a girl who brings together her estranged parents. It was written by Fatima Surayya Bajia and directed by Haider Imam Rizvi.

Angar Wadi

Angar Wadi (Urdu: انگار وادی‎) is a Pakistani television play/drama. It was aired by PTV in 1994, comprises on 15 episodes. It was directed by Tariq Mairaj, written and produced by Abdul Rauf Khalid.


Dehleez is a 1981 Pakistani television series which aired on PTV. Directed by Yawar Hayat Khan, it featured Roohi Bano, Mahboob Alam, Uzma Gillani and Tahira Naqvi among others. The show was broadcast from the PTV Lahore center and was directed by Yawar Hayat Khan and assisted by Qanbar Ali Shah, Kunwar Aftab Ahmed and Nusrat Thakur, Amjad Islam Amjad wrote the script. The drama serial is one of the most famous dramas from PTV. It is remembered to this day due to its unique story line and huge star cast. The drama is considered a cult classic and is one of the rarest gems of PTV. It was re-aired on the 50th anniversary of PTV in 2014.

Family Front

Family Front (Urdu: فیملی فرنٹ‎) was a 1997 Pakistani comedy drama sitcom. It was broadcast by the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV World, now PTV News). This sitcom was directed by Waseem Abbas and written by Muhammad Younis Butt.The cast included Saba Hameed, Samina Ahmad, Waseem Abbas, Mira Hashmi, Iram Hassan, Shahzad Nasim and Naseem Vicky. This comedy show became highly popular among the people and ran for many TV seasons. A spin-off sequel to the series, titled as Hum Sab Ajeeb Se Hain is currently airing on Aaj Entertainment.

List of television programmes broadcast by PTV

This is a list of television programmes which are either currently being broadcast or have previously been broadcast by Pakistan's national television service, the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV).

PTV Academy

PTV Training Academy or Pakistan Television Academy is a public television institution and a professional training institute based in Islamabad, Pakistan. It was established in 1988 by the Government of Pakistan. The institute is currently working under the control of Pakistan Television Corporation and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.In September 2018, Fawad Chaudhry, Minister of Information and Broadcasting announced that the federal government would establish a state-of-the-art media university in Isalamabad. It also had plans to merge Pakistan Television Academy and Radio Pakistan Academy.PTV Academy trains its own personnel. It also has cooperation agreements with agencies abroad.

PTV Awards

PTV National Awards (پی ٹی وی اوارڈز) is Pakistan's largest official awards ceremony annually held by the Pakistan Television Corporation. The awards were first introduced in the late 1970s to encourage talented people in Pakistan.

PTV Bolan

PTV Bolan is a television channel launched by PTV that broadcasts regional programmes in Balochi language. PTV Bolan was launched on 14 August 2005 by then Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.

PTV Global

PTV Global is a Pakistani basic cable and satellite television channel by Pakistan Television Corporation that is aired nationwide as well as in Europe and United States. Its broadcasts select programming from PTV National, PTV News and other PTV-run networks. On air since April 2006, PTV Global is available via Dish Network in the US. Its wide range of programmes are enjoyed by many people. Part of the Pakistan Television Corporation brand name, it is under control of the Government of Pakistan. In the United Kingdom PTV Global is free-to-air on Sky Channel 724 and also in Mainland Europe on Eutelsat 28A.

PTV Home

PTV Home or PTV is a Pakistani basic cable and satellite entertainment channel by Pakistan Television Corporation which is broadcast worldwide. The content of the terrestrial and satellite channels is different; for example, terrestrial programming includes live telecasts of Pakistan's cricket matches and other professional sports, but the satellite channel cannot broadcast this content.

PTV National

PTV National is a Pakistani basic cable and satellite television channel by Pakistan Television Corporation that broadcasts in regional languages.

PTV National a channel of regional languages of Pakistan has been the core source of providing Entertainment, Infotainment, and News etc. in all the provinces of Pakistan along with 52 Countries all around the world in respective regional languages of Pakistan.The programmes in all major languages of Pakistan, Sindhi, Punjabi/Saraiki, Pushto/Hindko, Baluchi/ Brahvi were telecast with a breakup of 2 Hrs for each province were allocated which were repeated two times in the 24 Hrs transmission.

The channel was created with the vision of fostering a sense of cohesion and harmony among the people of the four provinces of Pakistan. It is viewed around the world. The channel encourages viewer participation in 'Live Programs'. The transmission is divided into four chunks representing and promoting the regional languages in Pakistan i.e. Sindhi, Punjabi, Pushto, Balochi and Urdu.

PTV News

PTV News is a Pakistani 24-hour basic cable and satellite television news channel by Pakistan Television Corporation. It provides news in English and Urdu to the Pakistan I community worldwide. It also provides News in Arabic, Sindhi, Pashto, Kashmiri, and various other regional languages. As the only Government News channel of Pakistan, its reports are generally favorable towards the current government. Until 2007, PTV News was known as PTV World.

PTV Sports

PTV Sports is a global Pakistani basic cable and satellite sports television channel by Pakistan Television Corporation. PTV Sports was launched on 14 January 2012. Its test transmission began in December 2011 on Asia Sat. It is a state-owned channel. PTV Sports has telecast many sports events since it is launched. It retains exclusive broadcasting rights for many sporting events including cricket, tennis, hockey and football.

PTV World

PTV World is a 24-hour Pakistani English news channel. It is owned by Pakistan Television Corporation. PTV World was launched in 1998 as Pakistan’s first satellite TV channel “PTV-2". In 2007, PTV World was replaced by PTV News. PTV World was re-inaugurated on January 29, 2013 by former president Asif Ali Zardari as an English language TV Channel. PTV is state owned.

Sim Sim Hamara

SimSim Humara (Urdu: سِم سِم ہمارا, also known as Sim Sim Hamara; meaning Our Sim Sim) is the Pakistani version of the children's television series Sesame Street. In April 2011, USAID announced that it would fund $20 million to start a local version of Sesame Street in Pakistan. The show, which began airing in December 2011 on PTV, will broadcast 78 episodes. Although the series consists of Urdu, most of the episodes will be translated into the regional tongues of Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto and Balochi as well. The show includes Elmo and a host of new Pakistani characters. The aim of the programme is to increase education among children. Sesame Street has had many co-productions around the world and the one in Pakistan is the first localised version in the country itself. The show has been viewed in Pakistan before, in the early 1990s, although it was in English and the characters and context could only be understood by a westernised minority of Pakistani children. The theme of the show is based on 'tolerance'.The program features dubbed segments from Elmo's World and Sesame Street.

In June 2012, it was reported that the US had terminated its funding of the programme. This was later verified by the U.S. Embassy, Islamabad. The decision came after a Pakistani newspaper reported allegations of corruption by the local puppet theatre that was working on the initiative, although these allegations were denied by the operator of the theatre. The theatre will seek alternative sources of funding to continue the production of the show.

Sipahi Maqbool Hussain

Siphai Maqbool Hussain (Urdu: سپاہی مقبول حسین‎, lit. Maqbool Hussain the Soldier) co-produced by ISPR and Interflow Communications Limited is a Pakistani miniseries, aired during the month of April 2008, simultaneously on TV One and PTV, that narrates the true story of a Pakistani soldier, Maqbool Hussain, who was injured and taken prisoner by the Indian Army in the 1965 war and spent 40 years in Indian jails. He was released as a civilian prisoner in 2005. During his imprisonment, Hussain was said to be subjected to terrible human rights abuses. The drama pays tribute to Sepoy Maqbool Hussain as an icon of resilience and steadfastness.

Sipahi Maqbool Hussain died on 28th August, 2018.

Talaash (Pakistani TV series)

Talaash (Urdu: تلاش, literal English translation: "Search") is Pakistan television mini-series featuring Junoon, a popular Pakistani sufi rock music group. It was written by Anwar Maqsood and directed by Atiqa Odho. Due to its novel storyline it became an extremely popular drama in Pakistan.

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