RAWALPINDI – The state owned radio network has been finally upgraded to its new Medium Wave (MW) digital transmitter with the help from Japan, PakistanTribe learnt from official sources.
According to an official communique issued by the Radio Pakistan, the new transmission kicked start on Friday as Federal Ministers Ahsan Iqbal and Pervaiz Rashid came to the launching ceremony.
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid and Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata jointly inaugurated the newly installed medium wave transmitter of 500 KW power, communique stated.
Addressing the ceremony, Ahsan Iqbal thanked the Japanese government for their support for the rehabilitation of Radio Pakistan’s MW network. He said this token of goodwill from Japan will be remembered as the airwaves from this network continue to reach the listeners.
Speaking on the occasion, Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata pointed out that radio is still a major source of information particularly in remote areas. He noted that rehabilitation of medium wave network will enable Radio Pakistan to reach out to maximum people in Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
He expressed the confidence that better access to information on issues such as health, nutrition, economic activities and natural disasters will improve people’s lives and thereby contribute to stability of the country. The 14-hour daily transmission in Urdu, Punjabi, Potohari, Hindko, Pushto, Shina and Balti would be beamed to reach areas in a radius of five hundred kilometers. The powerful transmitter, which has replaced 38 year old medium wave transmitter, would ensure effective coverage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan. The 14-hour daily transmission in Urdu, Punjabi, Potohari, Hindko, Pushto, Shina and Balti would be beamed to reach areas in a radius of 500 kilometers.
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