Pakistan Television Corporation ( reporting name: PTV) is the Pakistani state-owned channel. In 1964, Pakistan entered the broadcasting age of television. Its station was established at Lahore. Pakistan’s first television broadcast was aired in black & white on the historic date: 26th November 1964.
The Rawalpindi Center and Peshawar & Quetta Centers were added. Today PTV-Centers are located in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Muzafarabad, AJK, and Multan. PTV Headquarter is located in Islamabad, the Federal Capital.
In 1960, President Ayub Khan supported the idea of establishing a media and television industry. It was created by the privately set up national education commission. A television industrial development project is launched by an industrialist Syed Wajid Ali.
In 1963, government made decisions about the Pakistan Television stations in a public meeting.
Nationalization of Pakistan Television
After the Indo-Pakistani war in 1971, the PTV was nationalized and entirely under the government-ownership management by then-President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s government. Communication network expansion was vast by the PTV, and government publicly funded its infrastructure expansion all over the country.
Promotion of regional literature, science-fiction miniseries, country music, and romanticizing rural values in drama playwrights were on-aired by the PTV, at the behest of public funding by the Government of Pakistan. The PTV was considered a source of central national integration.
Microwave National Network was established among the PTV centers in 1973, while Quetta and Peshawar centers were started in 1974.
The PTV transmission switched over from its original black and white to color transmission in 1975. Regional headquarters of PTV and television centers were established in Peshawar and Quetta in 1974. In 1977–78, the PTV broadcast the live Cricket match between England vs. Pakistan. During this time, the PTV’s interview programming series brought many scientists, politicians, athletes, actors, musicians, and artists to public fame.
By the 1980s, the transmissions of PTV could be reached over 90% area of Pakistan. In 1980s, the PTV was the sole provider of television and dominated the electronic media industry. During 1980s, the conservative ideas were promoted on the PTV as part of the government policy, and heavy investments were made to encourage programming education series.
PTV Dramas released during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s were considered the best in the Indian subcontinent. These included Khuda Ki Basti, Unkahi, Tanhaiyaan, Aangan Terha, Fifty Fifty, Andehra Ujala, Sona Chandi, Uncle Urfi, Dhoop Kinare, Sunehray Din, Alpha Bravo Charlie, Ana, unique serials like Dhawan, Wafa Ham Nibhaein Gai, Kaghaz Kay Phool, Sawan, Aisa Bhi Hota Hai, Rasta De Zindagi, Kuch Lamhay, and many others.