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|Launched||November 26, 1961 (in Pakistan)|
|Owned by||Pakistan Television Corporation|
|Sister channel(s)||PTV News
|ABNXcess (Malaysia)||Channel 771|
PTV Home or PTV is Pakistan Television Corporation's flagship channel and the most widely available terrestrial television channel in Pakistan  and worldwide through satellite. The channel has the largest national viewership base in the country. 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.
The early years
The idea of establishing a media and television industry was conceived in late 1958 by the privately set-up national education commission, with the support of then-President Ayub Khan. In 1961, the private sector media mogul and industrialist Syed Wajid Ali launched a television industrial development project, and brought in electrical engineer Ubaidur Rahman of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) as the project director of the first television programme. 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 Great Britain.
In 1963, at a public meeting chaired by President Ayub Khan the government decided to launch a television industry in the country. Since 1963, its headquarters have been located in Islamabad, near the Cabinet Secretariat. From 1961-62, a television headquarters was established in Lahore, and Rahman's team made several pilot transmission tests, while many television divisions were established throughout Pakistan, including East Pakistan, now Bangladesh.
Popularity peak years
During the 1970s, '80s and '90s, PTV developed and broadcast numerous outstanding dramas and teleplays, including Khuda Ki Basti, Unkahi, Tanhaiyaan, Aangan Terha, Fifty Fifty, Studio Dhai (2-1/2), Studio Ponay Teen (2-3/4), Andehra Ujala, Sona Chandi, Uncle Urfi, Taleem-e-Baalighan, Alif Noon, Waaris, Dhoop Kinare, Sunehray Din, Alpha Bravo Charlie, Ana, Akhri Chatan and Zair Zabar; blockbuster serials like Pesh, Dhuwan, Kath Putli, Wafa Ham Nibhaein Gai, Bandhan, Kaghaz Kay Phool, Muqqdas, Bint-e-Adam, Malangi, Sawan, Sheela Bagh, Tinkay and Aisa Bhi Hota Hai; and many others.
Although Pakistan and India are arch-rivals on the Indian subcontinent, several of the PTV dramas were very popular in India. Since Hindi and Urdu are more or less dialectal variations of the same underlying language and since India and Pakistan share a lengthy pre-Partition common history, cultural and linguistic differences did not inhibit Indian audiences from enjoying the PTV programmes. Indian streets became almost deserted when a few of the most popular TV dramas were broadcast.
- Janam Jali
- Man akeli rah gae
- Coke Kahani
- Meena Bazaar
- Formerly aired
- Kaghaz Kay Phool
- Rangeel Pur
- Bas Ek Taira intezar
- Jeena tou hai
- Sath rang kay Sapnay
- Kaise yeh agan
- Most Popular Terrestrial Channel in Pakistan
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