TELEVISION in the private sector has achieved much in a decade. It has forged a measure of national unity and reintroduced Urdu as a lingua franca in Pakistan.

As an expatriate in the US, when I see reporters holding a mike and speaking from Loralai in KP or Kark in Balochistan or Dadu in Sindh in their accents, I feel proud of the enterprise.

In addition, it has created hundreds of jobs for anchors, actors, writers, technicians and gofers. Particularly, it has opened doors to women for new opportunities. I wish the first government had allowed electronic media in the private sector. Rather they monopolised the information through Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television. They also controlled print journalism through newsprint quotas and issuance of government advertisements.

The Pakistani electronic media, however, is in a nascent stage from the point of view of western standards.

Programming is sometimes full of technical lapses or errors. There should be rules to regulate the quantity of content and commercials in a given programme and they should be enforced.

AKMAL SHAH United States

Updated May 06, 2013 06:08am

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Comments (5) (Closed)

May 06, 2013 09:59pm
Most times these local reporters are reporting on bomb blasts and killings...
Muhammad Ahmed
May 07, 2013 02:27am
Thanks to Gen. Musharraf who gave an independent voice to the media but media still calls him a dictator. People have not seen a real dictator.
May 07, 2013 04:47am
The scribe has hinted at pertinent point but badly finished.
May 07, 2013 04:21am
This letter is like a Ram Gopal Verma film: a point well-chosen but badly finished and done up. What he notes is praise worthy but what has come out in result has much left unanswered.
Muhammad Ashraf
May 06, 2013 12:09pm
It would have been better if the writer had given some examples of lapses and errors. I, as a common man, would ahve learnt something from it. However, point is valid and I agree for this