PTV World is Shutting Down by Govt (Changing Perspectives)
PTV World Channel:
PTV World is the first English language TV channel launched in 2013. Recently, the auditor general had stated in its report that the channel had incurred a loss of more than Rs350 million as of June 2015. Some of the proposals discussed with the PTV’s senior management included shutting down PTV World or merging it with PTV News.
Sources confirmed to The Express Tribune that the majority of the officers opposed the idea of shutting down the channel. However, PTV’s Director News Muzamil Ahmed Khan had suggested that if PTV World was closed down, some bulletins and programmes should be aired on PTV News in English, said the sources. About half of the PTV World employees have yet to be regularised and interestingly none of them are working against the posts they were hired. Due to the absence of MD PTV, the internal management of the organisation has virtually collapsed, forcing the government to bail it out.
Another thing to note is that every year, the information ministry allocates about Rs. 105 million for the channel’s operations. However, in the report of 2015-2016, auditor general of Pakistan claimed that this release of money was irregular and that the channel’s launch was not a part of the ministry’s businesses. The funds did not even receive an approval by a person of authority.
The channel, which was launched by the PPP government under Asif Ali Zardari’s “verbal directive” has faced severe economic, managerial and editorial issues. Plus, the absence of an MD for more than 2 years has caused a downfall of the network and has forced the government to come to the rescue. Also, about half of the PTV World employees haven’t been regularized as well.
State Minister, Marriyum Aurangzeb, told a local news agency that a complete restructuring plan was being considered and that shutting down the channel was not being prioritized.
According to Mariyum Aurangzeb, a business-driven model for PTV Home’s content was being made. “The plan will activate studios of regions and major PTV studios in provinces,” she told.