Exclusive documents on media scandal
Islamabad: Documents in possession of saach.tv reveal that the advertisements given to news channels by Federal and Sindh governments did not follow any logic of ratings nor any principle of transparency in dispensing tax-payers’ money.
The documents corroborate claims that certain channels received advertisement revenue from the government that was disproportionate to their viewership share, raising serious questions about the motives for doling out arbitrary disbursements.
Dunya TV holds 12% viewership share in the news genre, but 17% advertisements were allocated for it by the government. In rupee terms, this amounted to 360 million.
Likewise, KTN without a known share in viewership got 5% advertisements. This meant 120 million rupees.
City 42, which is a metropolitan channel in PML-N’s stronghold Lahore, and is little know out of this town, claims 1% share in viewership, but startlingly received 11% advertisements. In other words, it got 220 million rupees through government advertisements.
Punjab TV, Business Plus, Royal News, and Value TV have no viewership share, but enjoy 5%, 4%, 3%, and 3% share of government advertisement revenue, respectively.
On the flip side, SAMAA and CNBC enjoy 16% viewership share, but only 6% advertisement share.
Two days ago, leader of the opposition in National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan accused the government of paying huge amounts of money from secret funds to certain channels and anchors as part of what he termed ‘pre-poll rigging.’
He also promised to put out more precise details that will substantiate his charge.
But Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira yesterday counter-accused Chaudhry Nisar and alleged that he had maligned the entire media industry, daring him to prove his allegations.
The same position was taken by Pakitsn Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), which asked the opposition leader to back-up his claims.
After receiving my article Very early this morning criticising Talat Hussain, (new thread opened) Saach.TV has shown above information as exclusive document on media scandal.
This is a damn white lie, absolutely. I have this information since end of July 2012. I have already posted part of this information on the thread for Ansar article, three days ago. Most of you have read my post in which I also disclosed the names of the two people involved.
Here is the evidence.
Unfortunately the picture of the figures has disappeared from Imageshack.us website from my account and not displaying now on the thread. But it was there since 27th August.
I have also displayed the comments made about Dr Shahid Masood in the report of AIP on the following thread;
It is proven without shadow of a doubt that Saach.TV is lying. This is a document easily available, how could it be exclusively available to Saach.TV????????????
I want those who think highly of Talat Hussain to read it with open eyes and think.
Pakistanis are so easily taken for a ride that I am flaberghasted.
Let me show you proofs why this has been disclosed as "Exclusive" on Saach.TV.
Very early this morning I forwarded an email with my new article and with following comments to saach.tv;
Bravo, "Saach" with a twist and our gullible Pakistanis buy it hook and sinker. Sad indeed.Thursday, 30 August 2012, 9:49
I am pleased to enclose my new article after a gap of few weeks. I was disappointed from your failure to publish my article " lliterate Scholars". In the end I find another avenue and it is published now on the newstribes website http://blogs.thenewstribe.com/blog/6.../#.UD8nVdaPXwY.
It is sad when "Saach" is limited to someone's own interpretations or whims more like it. Now I am giving you another test, my new article has criticism of Talat Hussain. I would see if you publish it or not and if Talat can take criticism. Mind you I always have other places I can publish my work, but it would prove further "Saach" is not "Saach" but in many cases own self portrayals.