The state-managed Pakistan Television—PTV has given justification for increasing the TV license fee which would be made a part of the electricity bills, saying that the public broadcasters across the world are supported by their governments for projecting their national narrative and that the present amount being charged is a trivial sum of money.
As per a released statement on Sunday, the administration of PTV while responding to the news of 22nd January on passing its Rs.20 billion deficit to consumers, said that the public broadcasters are assisted by their respective governments via TV license fees all across the world for projecting their national stance, for carrying out the commercially non-feasible educational and informative content that is needed for the national development and integration, peace and social harmony.
It also mentioned that the nations like the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Turkey and UK charge a monthly license TV fee for funding TRT, France TV, BBC and DW after the same international model, the government of Pakistan charges a monthly TV license fee of Rs.35 only.
However, the corporation made the claim in a statement to have earned an operational profit of Rs.300 million during the fiscal year 2018-19 after having run in losses for 3 consecutive years that is from the year 2015-2018.
As for the meeting minutes in which the PTV board of directors finalised the proposal of surging the TV license fee, the channel administration said that in all the meetings of the BoD, the status update of all the ongoing plans is reviewed and the current strategies are fine-tuned on the grounds of operational realities. Hence, the minutes of one or two meetings cannot be developed as the entire plan of action of the organisation as it is just a small part and not the whole. Thus, this type of information is not the true picture of the direction the organization is taking and might not be used for setting up a view regarding the organisation.