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Pakistan Television Corporation

Pakistan Television Corporation

Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV)
PTV 1.jpg
LaunchedNovember 26, 1964
NetworkPTV Network
Owned byGovernment of Pakistan
Picture format4:3 (576i,SDTV)
SloganHamara Pakistan
PTV Terrestrial ServiceAvailable in Pakistan only
Dish Network (U.S.)Channel 616 (PTV News)
Sky Digital (UK)Channel 792 (PTV Prime)
Channel 810(PTV Global)
United Communication Service (Bangladesh)Channel 07
Sun TV (Pakistan)
E vision (UAE )Channel 321
Ptcl Smart (Pakistan)
The Pakistan Television Corporation (abbreviated as PTV) (Urduپاکستان بعید نما شرکہ) is Pakistan's national televisionbroadcaster. The first live transmission of PTV began on November 26, 1964, in Lahore. As of 2007, the PTV family includes six channels.




Ayub Khan
President Ayub Khan with Ubaidur Rahman introducing NEC executives, inaugurating PTV in 1964.
Originally a private sector project in 1961 by prominent industrialist Syed Wajjid Ali who signed a joint venture agreement with Nipon Electric Company(NEC) of Japan, leading Pakistani engineer Ubaidur Rahman was appointed by Wajjid Ali to head the television project. By 1962 after a series of pilot transmission tests the project was quickly taken over by the Ayub government in 1963 in the greater national interest of Pakistan. President Ayub Khan re-appointed Ubaidur Rahman in 1963 under the Ministry of Information to continue with the NEC joint venture collaboration in launch PTV. The project began with a tent on the back lot of Radio Pakistan,Lahore where a transmission tower and a studio were constructed. On 26 November 1964, the first official television station commenced transmission broadcasts from Lahore, followed by Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1965(then the capital of East Pakistan, a third centre was established in Rawalpindi/Islamabad in 1965 and the fourth in Karachi in 1966. Later centres in Peshawar and Quetta were established by 1974. Originally broadcast in black and white, PTV began colour transmission in 1976.[1] With this new upgrade in techniques and equipment, the Pakistan Television Academy was founded and opened in 1987 to teach students who wished to work in the medium. As with the other agreement, the government financed most of the funds while the private venture capitalists offered to fund the remainder. PTV launched a full-scale satellite broadcasting service in 1991-92 whereas Digital TV satellite broadcasting was launched in 1999.
During the decades of 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, PTV dramas and teleplays were considered as the best in Indian Subcontinent, like Khuda Ki BastiUnkahiTanhaiyaanAangan TerhaFifty FiftyStudio Dhai (2-1/2),Studio Ponay Teen (2-3/4)Andehra UjalaSona ChandiUncle UrfiTaleem-e-BaalighanAlif NoonWaaris,Dhoop KinareSunehray DinAlpha Bravo CharlieAnaAkhri ChatanZair Zabar and block buster serials likePeshDhuwanKath PutliWafa Ham Nibhaein GaiBandhanKaghaz Kay PhoolMuqqdasBint-e-Adam,MalangiSawanSheela BaghTinkayAisa Bhi Hota Hai bhar,rasta de zindgi,Chuban,Kuch Lamhay,khuwahesho kay sarab and many others
Unlike other state-run corporations, the television company 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 feecharge to all the consumers of electricity.[2]

[edit]Currently on air

  • Aurat Ka Ghar Koun Sa
  • Sehra Teri Piyaas
  • Kachra Kundi
  • Mushkbaar
  • Faseel E Jaan Sey Aagy
  • Kaisi Yeh Aggan
  • Meena Bazaar
Formerly aired
  • Bint-e-adm,
  • Kaghaz Kay Phool
  • Rangeel Pur
  • Babul
  • Bas Ek Taira intezar
  • jeena tou hai
  • Sath rang kay Sapnay
  • Kaise yeh agan
Coming soon
  • 16th Ptv Award Show


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 various 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 a variety of 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 the themes like morality, civic or national responsibilities, drive against narcotics, environmentalpollutionagricultural reforms in 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 and they carters the need of local audience by showing eastern family programs.
  • It also acts on social development theory of media, that’s why it shows informative programs about health and social issues.
  • It also censors commercials and holds a conservative standard as compared to other channels.
  • It supports government policies on national and international matters.

[edit]Administrative Divisions of PTV

[edit]News Division

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 also beamed through satellite to more than 38 countries.
• Regional language bulletins include Punjabi 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 same night.
• Like international networks, PTV news also sent its camera team to Afghanistan to cover the fighting between different groups and plight of the common man there.

[edit]Current Affairs

Current Affairs programmes has been a regular features of PTV Transmission, ever-since its inception. A separate PTV Current Affairs Directorate was however, 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 program's mainly revolve around local and provincial matters of current affairs nature. Current Affairs Division also produces program's 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.

[edit]Sports Division

PTV Sports 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.
• Presently Sports Division is producing 200 minutes regular weekly transmission on PTV apart from occasional International / National sports coverage. PTV also televises live national and international sports around the world, keeping in view the interest of Pakistani viewers.

[edit]International Relations

I R Division of participates in the International Television Festivals/Competitions held in different countries by sending best PTV-Programs. PTV has won distinguished prizes and commendations.
A large number of programs have been sold for telecast in different counties which resulted strength of the financial condition of PTV. M/s Shalimar Recording and Broadcasting Company and M/s Sports Star International are the major distributor of PTV programmes.
A lot of PTV plays and documentaries have been provided to foreign countries through Ministries and our missions abroad on gratis basis for the projection of Pakistan and its people.
Dubbing and editing is carrying out by I.R.Division. Some selected programs are sub-titled in English and Arabic Languages for overseas projection especially for Muslim countries. Documentaries of National Geographic 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 nuclear tests and earned approx.US$:04/- LAC.
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 general programs.

[edit]PTV Film Censor Board

PTV Censor Board was formed in 1968 headed by Director Programs Administration. It was separately instituted within PTV on the approval of Secretary Ministry of I&MD in December 1980 to clear and certify bulk of imported and locally acquired programs with speed and efficiency. Consultant News/Current Affairs/Presentation presently heads the Board.


The Engineering Division takes care of the day to day operations and maintenance of PTV Centres and Rebroadcast Stations, new projects, Planning & Procurement, as well as research and Development activities.
An engineering feat at the time Pakistan began television transmissions in 1964 at Lahore long before its neighbors Iran in [1967] and India in [1971]. Over the years the system has grown into a Countrywide network offering two programming channels.
• 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. • 1965 Television service starts in Dhaka, East Pakistan (presently Bangladesh). • 1965 Transmission begins in Rawalpindi/Islamabad. • 1966 Transmission begins in Karachi. • 1973 National Microwave Network commissioned linking TV centres.. • 1974 Quetta/Peshawar centres commissioned. • 1976 Colour 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 6 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 %

[edit]Training Academy

Established in 1987 Pakistan Television Academy is an apex TV institution in Pakistan, which imparts professional training in various disciplines of television broadcast technology. Headed by a full time Director, and assisted by a team of television professionals who are members of the academic faculty.
Till June 1998, over 3100 persons have attended training programmes conducted by PTV Academy. These participants attended training courses in Engineering, Computer, Finance, Administration, News, Current Affairs and Programmes Production. They also include visiting participants from other countries includingSAARC members.

[edit]PTV Today (Pakistan Television Network)

Currently, PTV can be received via satellite in South AsiaEast Asia and the Middle East. Selected programming can be seen on Prime TV (with a partnership) in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Today, PTV is split up into the original channel feed:

[edit]Planned Channels


Ubaidur Rahman the first GM and originator of PTV commissioned Pakistan's supremo artist A. R. 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.

[edit]The Early Team

  • Ubaidur Rahman, First GM, (Founder and Chief Executive of PTV), by appointment of President Ayub Khan
  • Nisar Hussain (First program producer of PTV)
  • Zubair Chaudry
  • Mustafa Kamal Mandokhail
  • Aslam Azhar, Producer
  • Muslehuddin
  • Mumtaz Hamid Rao
  • Zafar Samdani
  • Tariq Aziz

[edit]Managing Director

Yousaf Beg Mirza is the Managing Director since August 2010.

[edit]PTV personalities