PTV, anyone?

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People in karachi really like to watch TV. You can hardly find anyone who doesn’t. A line from THIS link got my attention and I wonder if any one really watches PTV now given the fact that we have so many private channels with their positive and negative aspects. It would be interesting to know if people do watch particular programs specific to that channel. For example viewers go for ARY, GEO,AAJ,CNBC in list when its about news & current affairs. Then there are music channels and general channels. What you look for when you choose a channel?. What is your criteria when you judge channels?. Do you ever feel these channels are contributing good or bad into society.How often you discuss them among friends and family members?. Is there any difference between what people in Karachi watch and what the rest of the country is watching?. What men in karachi and women in karachi prefer to watch these days?.There are many questions but categorizing would be good idea.

These are the two lines I was referring to :
” Nowadays, it is generally acknowledeged that PTV’s market has been reduced to nearly nil, except for people in the rural areas of Pakistan were they cannot afford cable TV “

As no one (assuming safely) watches all programs on every channel. It would be great if you can point out what to look for & what not to watch. If any one can mention any program regarding Karachi it would be great.

13 Comments so far

  1. Murtaza (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    Don’t know about that, but will the children of today have a list of favorites and share stories of how they woke up early for the 7 am cartoons, or kept aside everything to watch ainak wala ginn, or watch reruns of classics like sunehray din, or dhoop kinaray …with so much choice, does anything make an impact anymore?


  2. shakil (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 3:22 pm

    I don’t watch TV alhamdullilah.

    P.S. People should refrain from watching TV specially in the holy month of Ramazan.


  3. Adnan (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

    Shakil as if ur restraining ur self from a big evil by not watching TV ???


  4. xamran (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 4:28 pm

    FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!!!!!


  5. shobz (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

    too many crappy channels. too many pretentious people and lousy programming.


  6. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 7:26 pm

    The thing I hate about PTV is they always praises the existing govt. and the news bulletin is ‘HukumatNama’ instead of ‘KhabarNama’.
    PTV use to be a very good source of entertainment, people were fond of watching ptv’s play not because they didnt had any other choice but definitely the quality of the plays were excellent.


  7. Yo yo (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 7:56 pm

    I donot get time to watch too much TV now. But when I was a kid we only had PTV. And I hated it.
    Nothing was shown on time. Many a times you would get the infamous technical difficulties screen saying ” INSTAZAAR FARMAIYA “. And they would not even show programs listed in their daily schedule sometimes.
    The local production dramas were sometimes very very depressing.
    All that said Quality work was also available on PTV. Not like todays channels who mostly give out junk.


  8. Adnan (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 1:10 am

    Dear Shakil watching channels like Iqra from Saudia which telecast 5 times prayers and now Taraweeh from Makkah live and ‘PEACE TV’ is not a bad habbit :)

    PTV reminds me some good things; Ads like ‘Hara Hara Pakola Icecream soda’ and plays like ‘Drama 81/82/83/84’ and Fifty Fifty

    p.s:Aljazeera is banned in Pakisttan, isn’t it?


  9. MB (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 10:36 am

    Al Jaeera is not banned. You can watch it. We had it the last time i saw it on my cable , like a month ago. Dont know now


  10. Sailor (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

    PTV is trying to compete in Bay-Ha_ya-ee and Bay-Sharmee with all channels. The only disadvantage is that viewership has dropped.

    PTV has become somehow domain to family relatives of presenters, broadcasters, workers and the Bureaucrates in Islamabad.

    Regional stations are biased for the pro govt stuff and quality of programs poor.

    the only quality program in past 3 years is MANZAR NAMA, which is a film report about beauty and development programs in progress.

    else PTV – ouch !


  11. wasiq (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 3:10 am

    ppl(ex-pakistanis) in the USA and canada watch Ptv very regularly….so i have heard…i like the ARY NETWORK which is an improved version of the same old Ptv only better in quality….

    why no channel showed the National spellingBEE competition2006 live…?????

    p.s Happy anniversary to SINDH TV AND KTN


  12. Amir (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 8:38 am

    Private Channels are just showing crappy program and copy of those program which are already showing on foriegn program. And beside this i miss Alfa Bravo Charle, Dhuan , 50/50 , Aagan Tera ,etc now private channels are just showing saas bhaoo and all crapy star plus stuff.. it sucks..


  13. hex (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 6:53 am

    I guess by looking at some of the trends and eagerness of some and silence by the majority to the growing indecency in our media, it not going to be long when we won’t need to keep “Islamic” in the name of Pakistan, France can ban “hijab” under “religion” of secularism, yes a religion, religion in its basic form is nothing more than guidelines for societies to function, but due to western pressures and afraid of being labeled “extremist” or against women rights or may be our desires we are keeping quite. Why is it considered empowerment of women to shed cloth and oppression if she is submitting to Allah. We are letting it become a norm not for the sake of women but by submitting to our temptations. We might ogle over for a few years over a naked girl and than die and if we think it is hard now to follow the path it will be much harder if not impossible for our kids to walk the path of Allah. But I guess all that doesn’t matter to us, we just want to be able see naked girls and have sex, sister can only feel empowered by shedding there religion, guilt, shame and cloths, or the best excuse “hey man its freedom of choice”. I guess after a while we will be questioning that why can’t we go around kaaba in a bikini. If we think we will be able to succeed at least in this world, all we have to do is look at Russia, eastern Europe, Mexico and most of south America and may be we can still realize before it’s to late and before sisters are made into sex object only to be exploited for personal pleasures that accepting indecency is not the answer for progress, otherwise I guess we will see how it feels when we have to take our daughters to get an abortion or talk to them about using condoms to not get AIDS. Yes I know all this has been happening even before in private but if we let it become the norm, than it will be impossible to stop the spread cauz we all know how alluring and attractive these things are. I appeal to my brothers and sisters who also feel that we need to keep our sense of modesty and would rather see our nation succeed following the path of Allah, than we should voice our refusal to allow such things to progress and be promoted in the name of women’s liberation or moderation. Boycott channels, send petitions, ask your cable operators to drop these channels or risk losing all customers, organizing peaceful protest are some of the things that we can do. I am not a pious person either Allah knows how weak I am and that’s why I am even more scared that today at least when I do something I have this guilt and shame and I can repent and may be forgiven but our kids may not even realize if something is wrong to have that guilt. We have to play our part and stand up now and take action.

    May Allah protect us all from the shiatan and our nafas.
    Al-A’raf 7:175: “Relate to them the story of the man to whom We sent Our signs, but he passed them by: so Satan followed him up, and he went astray.” 7:176: “If it had been Our will, We should have elevated him with Our signs; but he inclined to the earth, and followed his own vain desires. His similitude is that of a dog: if you attack him, he lolls out his tongue, or if you leave him alone, he (still) lolls out his tongue. That is the similitude of those who reject Our signs; So relate the story; perchance they may reflect”.
    Al-Imran 3:14: “Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: WOMEN and sons; Heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses branded (for blood and excellence); and (wealth of) cattle and well-tilled land. Such are the possessions of this world”s life ; but in nearness to God is the best of the goals (To return to).” 3:15: “Say: Shall I give you glad tidings of things Far better than those? For the righteous are Gardens in nearness to their Lord, with rivers flowing beneath; therein is their eternal home; with companions pure (and holy); and the good pleasure of G od. For in God”s sight are (all) His servants,”



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