KP govt urged to draft policy for radio broadcasters

Staff Reporter         

PESHAWAR: Speakers at an event in Nishtar Hall have urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government to draft policy for radio broadcasters and value their contribution as the radio was the best medium for voicing public issues and urged the youth to come forward for playing due role in serving the people through microphone instead of indulging in unhealthy activities on social media.

The event ‘Radio as promotor youth culture’ was organized under the auspices of Pakhtunkhwa Radio Broadcasters Forum (PRBF) at Nishtar Hall here on Sunday. A large number of young broadcasters, varsity and college students, right activists and fans attended the function.

The participants of the PRBF demanded of the KP government to draft a transparent policy regarding hiring and firing and due training of the upcoming youth who wanted to take up microphone as KP had about 38 state-run and private radio stations airing a wide range of shows both in national and local languages. The forum also formally approved a draft of manifesto in the presence of about 165 members of the organization and eight cabinet members.

Shaukat Yousafzai, Provincial Minister for Labour and Culture while addressing the event as the chief guest said that significance of radio had increased manifold in today’s fast sea of information and great importance was being attached to its role in shaping the societies around the globe, adding that being oldest medium of mass communication, radio broadcasters should be aware of their responsibilities.

Khaista Rahman, chairman of the forum pointed out that his organization was founded a year ago for the welfare of the young broadcasters and its main objective was to call upon the KP government to announce a well thought policy draft for the radio service especially private sector. The PRBF’s cabinet members – Afsar Afghan, Shagufta Malik, Wafa Wazir and Subia Khan also spoke on the occasion.

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