Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation

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Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation
Native name
پاکستان نشریات
Statutory corporation
IndustryMass media
PredecessorRadio Pakistan
FoundedDecember 20, 1972; 47 years ago (1972-12-20) in Islamabad, Pakistan
HeadquartersNational Broadcasting House
G-5/2, Islamabad,
Capital Territory,
Pakistan 44000
Area served
National; available on terrestrial and cable systems
Key people
OwnerGovernment of Pakistan (MoIB)
SubsidiariesRadio Pakistan
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The Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Urdu: پاکستان نشریات‎); also known as Voice of Pakistan, is a Pakistani public service broadcaster.[1] It was started as Radio Pakistan but on December 20‚ 1972 it was changed to a statutory body governed by the Board of Directors and the Director General. Radio services include Radio Pakistan and television operations include PTV Bolan, PTV Global, PTV Home, PTV National, PTV News, PTV Sports and PTV World. The PBC also operates television services for Azad Jammu & Kashmir under AJK TV. Radio and television are broadcast through satellite, cable, FM, AM, and shortwave radio frequencies.[2]

Select programming is also available through WRN.[3]

Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television offers programming in Urdu and English on its national radio and television broadcasts, while offering programming in 23 different regional languages on its domestic radio service and channels.[4] Its external services are broadcast eight hours daily in 10 different foreign languages, covering the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, the Far East Asia and parts of Eastern Europe.[4][5] PBC employs commercial advertising to supplement its federal funding on its television broadcasts. The radio service employed commercials from its inception.


Radio Pakistan was the only universal broadcasting service of the country until 1972 when PBC was founded, Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television Corporation were made its subsidiaries.



The Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Act, 1973.[6] was enacted... provide for the establishment of a broadcasting corporation, to ensure effective operation and growth of broadcasting as a function-oriented public service medium, general improvement in the quality of programmes, speedy, implementation of projects and better utilisation of talent, and for matters connected therewith;

The functions of the corporation as outlined in the act are:

  • to be made available throughout Pakistan for the purposes of disseminating information, education and entertainment,
  • to reflect Pakistan and its regions to national and regional audiences,
  • to actively contribute to the flow and exchange of cultural expression and Islamic Ideology,
  • to be in all languages, reflecting the different needs and circumstances of each official language community,
  • to strive for national unity, principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice.


In accordance with the act, a board of directors is responsible for the management of the Paksitan Broadcasting Corporation; the general management is in the hands of a director general, who is appointed by the Government of Pakistan. In total, the board is made up of 12 members, including the director general.

  • Secretary Ministry of Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage
  • One eminent media personality from each province appointed by the Government of Pakistan (4).
  • Additional Foreign Secretary
  • Additional Secretary Finance
  • Director General, ISPR
  • Managing Director, PTVC
  • Director General, PBC
  • Representative of the Interior Division


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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministry of Information, PBC". Ministry of Information and Mass-media Broadcasting. Government of Pakistan. Archived from the original on 20 July 2005. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  2. ^ E-Govt. "Frequency Map of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Pakistan)". Data Collection. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Radio Pakistan on World Radio Network". World Radio Network. Archived from the original on 9 August 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Programming of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation". Directorate for Public Relations and International Press Release (Programming). Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  5. ^ "External Services of Radio Pakistan". External Services. Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Act, 1973 (XXXII of 1973)". Radio Pakistan (Archived website). 17 March 2012. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2019.

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