ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain told the National Assembly that Pakistan Television (PTV) will become fully HD in August 2021 while Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) will be transformed into a digital media news agency on the pattern of AFP and Reuters.
Winding up the discussion on the cut motions moved by the Opposition and rejected by the Lower House of the Parliament in Islamabad on Monday, the minister said that Radio Pakistan will be completely digitalized as part of efforts by the federal government to strengthen the institutions.
The information minister said that the new programming of Radio Pakistan will be visible in August 2021.
Fawad regretted that the previous governments used the state-owned media as their Spokesperson but we are elevating them as the Spokesperson of the State. He said that the Ministry of Information will serve the purpose of promoting the narrative of Pakistan.
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that all media outlets including 250 domestic and 43 foreign are working independently.
The minister said that the government has started the process to provide unprecedented facilitation to the Journalist Community. He said that they have been made part of the Kamyab Jawan and the Naya Pakistan Housing Programs.
Meanwhile, the House approved three demands for grants pertaining to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for the next Fiscal Year 2021-22.