Failure to cover Shahbaz’s program, PTV fires 17 officials
Published: 11:54 AM, 2 May 2022 Updated: 11:56 AM, 2 May 2022
Logo of Pakistan’s state-run media PTV; Photo: Collected
Failing to ensure “proper” live coverage of Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to Lahore, the country’s state-run TV channel PTV has suspended 17 officials in connection with the incident.
Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz has become the new Prime Minister of Pakistan after Imran Khan lost the seat. Last week, he visited Kot Lakhpat Jail and Ramzan Bazaar in Lahore. The program was scheduled to air on PTV, however, it was not possible.
According to a Pakistani newspaper, the program was disrupted due to a lack of advanced laptops. The video footage could not be uploaded properly. There is a problem with the “File Transfer Protocol (FTP)”.
The Pakistani newspaper further said that although the main branch of the channel had advanced technology, it was not in the center of Lahore. Due to this, there was a problem in broadcasting Shahbaz’s visit. The main branch of the channel wanted the footage but the Lahore branch could not provide it.
On April 18, the Lahore branch informed the main branch about the problem. It was said that there is a need for “advanced laptops” in the Lahore center. Work is currently underway with rented laptops.
During the Prime Minister’s visit, the battery of the rented laptops made a problem. As a result, PTV could not broadcast the visit of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif last week. However, since then, the PTV authorities have suspended a total of 17 workers, including Imran Bashir Khan, who is in charge of VVIP coverage.