Govt delays to lease premises of Radio Pakistan

Govt delays to lease premises of Radio Pakistan

Islamabad (Staff Report): The government on Wednesday withdrew its decision to lease the premises of Radio Pakistan, giving one month’s time to the management to table a plan to bring out the state-run broadcaster from the financial crisis it is currently facing.

A letter forwarded by the Information Ministry to the PBC director general announcing the plans to shift the headquarters was taken back after Radio Pakistan staffers protested against the plans and later held a meeting with Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry.

A notification issued by the PBC today said: “This section’s letter of even number dated 19.09.2018 on the [shifting of Radio Pakistan headquarters], may please be treated as withdrawn.”

Earlier, the government had given directives t lease out Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation headquarters building in the federal capital.

The Radio Pakistan building is located in the Red Zone, an upscale neighbourhood in Islamabad which houses the Prime Minister’s Office as well.