Federal and KP government agreed to share Rs 300 m for launching Abaseen TV

Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and federal government on Tuesday agreed to provide the required funds of Rs 300 million for launching of Abaseen Television Channel which soon be established at PTV center Peshawar.

Both the government greed to share 300 million cast in which the federal government will provide Rs 200 million for extension of new boosters and other equipments for the TV channel whereas the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will bore the annual running expenses of Rs 80 million for production and other requirements.

Both the parties reached to the agreement in a special meeting of Standing Committee of Senate for Information and Broadcasting that met with its Chairman Haji Ghulam Ali in the Chair at PTV center Peshawar. Members of the committee discussed in detailed the formation of Abaseen TV Channels for promotion of local culture and norms.
Managing Director PTV Yousaf Baig Mirza told the committee that PTV is going to digitalize its boosters by the end of 2015 which will make it technically possible put on air six more channels besides PTV home at terrestrial hook-up in the province.

“we have to make interim arrangements for two years to launch the Abbaseen TV from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as in 2015 we will be able to air it from our existing boosters which will be digitalized in two years,” Mr. Baig told the committee.

He said the launching of Abaseen TV through terrestrial antenna could only be possible if new boosters are extended at various points of KP. “Extension of six new boosters will ensure Abaseen viewership at least to the 52% population of the province and it will require Rs 160-200 million whereas Rs 80 million will annually be needed for the running cast of production and other facilities,” MD PTV told the committee.

Senator Haji Mohammad Adeel and Mian Iftikhar Hussain, who advocated the for the establishment of Abaseen TV channel said PTV and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government should shared the expertise to run the new channel successfully.

“ we are dishearten with the delay in the launching of Abaseen TV project and but still we are ready to share the fund for its launching,” Mian Iftikhar said and urged that the production side should totally be in control of provincial government which actually better understand the requirements of the people of this province,” he remarked.

Chairman PTV and federal secretary information Taimoor Azmat Usman said PTV is not interested to make profit of the new project but just want to help its launching. He said both the government should agree on sharing the actual cast to launch the project at earliest.

Ghulam Ali, Chairman of the Standing Committee suggested that both governments should set together to reach an agreement as to who will share how much. Later both the governments agreed that federal government will provide Rs 200 million for capital expenditure for new boosters and other equipments whereas provincial government to bear the running annual cast of Rs 80 million.

The standing committee also discussed the PEMRA rules and suggested change in formation of councils of complaints on the choice of provincial governments. The committee also asked for permission of Peace TV of Dr Zakir Naik. Haji Adeel said if all other channels are permitted then why ban has been imposed on the broadcast of Peace TV.

PEMRA representatives told the committee that permission from the interior ministry for airing the Peace TV channel through cable has been sought but PEMRA yet to receive any answer.

The matters regarding regularization of PTV employees were also discussed in the meeting, which was participated by Senator Zafar Ali Sha, Senator Abdur Rashid, Senator Haji Adeel, Senator Farhat Abbas, Senator Ghulam Ali and Senator Sherala Malik.

Leave a Reply