Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation
(PBC) is the state-run radio
service of Pakistan.
The Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation was formed on 14 August 1947
when Pakistan became independent. It was a direct descendant of the
which later became All India
. At independence Pakistan possessed three
radio stations at Dhaka, Lahore and Peshawar.
programme of expansion saw new stations opened at Karachi and Rawalpindi in 1948, and a new broadcasting house at Karachi in
1950. This was followed by further stations at
Hyderabad (1951), Quetta (1956), a
second station at Rawalpindi (1960) and a receiving centre at
training facilities were opened in Islamabad and a station opened at Multan.
step was the establishment of the Radio Pakistan World Service on
21 April 1973 for overseas Pakistanis followed by new stations at
Khairpur (1974) and Bahawalpur (1975).
broadcasting unit of PBC at Islamabad moved to the new National
Broadcasting House in 1977 and the service reached the remotest
parts of Pakistan with stations at Gilgit (1977) and
Skardu (1977) in the far north and Turbat (1981) in
the far southwest. From 1981 to 1982 stations and transmitters
were also established at Dera Ismail Khan, Khuzdar and Faisalabad.
Pakistan opened a new broadcasting house in Khairpur on 7 May 1986,
followed by relay stations in 1989 at Sibi and Abbottabad. The remoter parts of the country began to
receive coverage with new stations opened in the 1990s at Chitral, Loralai and Zhob.
1997, the Federal Minister of Information inaugurated the
computerisation of the PBC news processing system and availability
of the news bulletins on the Internet in text and audio form
October 1998, Radio Pakistan started FM transmission and over the period
2002–2005, new FM stations were opened at Islamabad, Gwadar, Mianwali, Sargodha, Kohat, Bannu and
The PBC provides several services including:
- Home Service (domestic network)
- World Service (for overseas Pakistanis)
- External Service
- PBC News
- News & Current Affairs Channel
- Sautul Qur'an (religious broadcasting)
- FM – 101 (service in major towns and cities)
- FM – 93 (service in major towns and cities)
- National Sound Archives
The PBC News service broadcasts 149 news bulletins in 31 languages
daily, covering world, national and regional news as well as
sports, business and weather reports.
Radio Pakistan is the
broadcasting station of Pakistan.
Radio Pakistan was able to start its external services on regular
basis on 1949
. As Pakistan is strategically located and
is a close neighbor of China, India, Middle
Eastern countries and Central Asia, it is necessary to use Radio
Pakistan and its external services as an instrument to project the
country's policies in true perspective so that a message of peace
and friendship is disseminated to the world specially to its
The programmes of External Services are so designed as to project
Pakistan's view point on domestic and foreign policy issues.
Another special aim of these services is to disseminate knowledge
about the art, culture, history, values and way of life of its
people among foreign listeners in order to generate feelings of
friendship, goodwill and mutual understanding which help create an
environment of peace and tranquility and make co-existence possible
in the region. They broadcast in 16 languages: English
, Turki, Russian
, and Bangla
Regional and International Stations
Islamabad Capital Territory
Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP)
Northern Areas, Jammu & Kashmir