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Pak state run TV channel fires 17 as PM event not covered due to laptop unavailability

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Islamabad: Due to the lack of a sophisticated laptop, Pakistan’s state-run PTV has punished 17 personnel for failing to assure “appropriate” coverage of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s Lahore visit.

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Last week, the newly-elected Prime Minister paid a visit to Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail and Ramazan Bazaars.

According to rumours, a Pakistan Television (PTV) team was unable to provide “proper” coverage owing to the lack of a sophisticated laptop necessary to transfer the video material using File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

The prime minister’s coverage is handled by a VVIP team comprised of reporters and producers, as per conventional operating protocols. According to the source, the crew is equipped with the newest technology, including computers for live streaming and fast uploading of event material.

The core staff is based in Islamabad and travels with the Prime Minister around the country and internationally, according to the statement.

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When the PTV Lahore centre was informed of the visit, it requested a sophisticated laptop from PTV headquarters, according to the report.

“Since we don’t have any laptop editing facility at the Lahore centre, we hired a laptop with the editing facility… but as an Islamabad: Pakistan’s state-run PTV has suspended 17 officials for failing to ensure “proper” coverage of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s Lahore visit due to the non-availability of an advanced laptop.

Last week, the newly-elected Prime Minister paid a visit to Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail and Ramazan Bazaars.

According to the Dawn newspaper, a Pakistan Television (PTV) crew was unable to provide “adequate” coverage owing to the lack of a sophisticated laptop necessary to transfer the video material using File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

The prime minister’s coverage is handled by a VVIP team comprised of reporters and producers, as per conventional operating protocols. According to the source, the crew is equipped with the newest technology, including computers for live streaming and fast uploading of event material.

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The core staff is based in Islamabad and travels with the Prime Minister around the country and internationally, according to the statement.

When the PTV Lahore centre was informed of the visit, it requested a sophisticated laptop from PTV headquarters, according to the report.

On April 18, the Lahore centre had also written a letter to the headquarters, saying, “Since we don’t have any laptop editing facility at the Lahore centre, we hired a laptop with the editing facility… but as a Islamabad:Pakistan’s state-run PTV has suspended 17 officials for failing to ensure “proper” coverage of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s Lahore visit due to the non-availability of an advanced laptop”.

Last week, the newly-elected Prime Minister paid a visit to Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail and Ramazan Bazaars.

According to the Dawn newspaper, a Pakistan Television (PTV) crew was unable to provide “adequate” coverage owing to the lack of a sophisticated laptop necessary to transfer the video material using File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

The prime minister’s coverage is handled by a VVIP team comprised of reporters and producers, as per conventional operating protocols. According to the source, the crew is equipped with the newest technology, including computers for live streaming and fast uploading of event material.

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The core staff is based in Islamabad and travels with the Prime Minister around the country and internationally, according to the statement.

When the PTV Lahore centre was informed about the visit, it asked the PTV headquarters to provide an advanced laptop, it said.

Earlier on April 18 also, the Lahore centre wrote a letter to the headquarters saying: “Since we don’t have any laptop editing facility at the Lahore centre, we hired a laptop with the editing facility… but as a permanent arrangement we must own the same facility at the centre.”

However, the state-run TV did not pay any attention and suggested hiring one again.

At this, the Lahore centre arranged the personal laptop of an official. After coverage, when the team tried to transmit the footage, it found the battery of the laptop had drained.

The PTV management terminated 17 personnel the next day, including deputy controller of VVIP coverage Imran Bashir Khan.

Various engineers and cameramen were also suspended as a result of the alleged negligence, according to the administration.

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The suspended employees alleged that they were used as scapegoats by the former regime’s administration in order to save the bigwigs, according to the article.

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