Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, has said that media in Pakistan will experience a revolution in the next three to six months. He was speaking at the national conference on Urdu Press at Karachi University on Wednesday.
The Minister said there are seven private channels, permission has been granted for 13, and if 30 channels of cross media are also accorded permission then 50 channels would be on air in a couple of months. He stated that the direct to home (DTH) facility is being extended to ARY and Geo as well as PTV and if there are at least 50 channels each for these then there will be 150 channels. Shaikh Rashid pointed out that in the coming period there would be some 400 to 500 channels. He was of the view that government should accord permission for cross-media.