Radio Pakistan
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryMass media
PredecessorPakistan Broadcasting Service
FoundedAugust 14, 1947; 76 years ago (1947-08-14)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
National Broadcasting House G-5/2, Islamabad Capital Territory
Area served
Key people
Tahir Hassan (Director General)[1]
ServicesRadio Pakistan (Broadcast)
News and Current Affair (Radio Pakistan)
FM 101 (music)
FM 93
ParentPakistan Broadcasting Corporation

Radio Pakistan serves as the national public broadcaster for radio in Pakistan. Although some local stations predate Radio Pakistan's founding, it is the oldest existing broadcasting network in Pakistan. The network was established on 14 August 1947, following Pakistan's independence from Britain. Radio Pakistan services include AM news services and FM 101 (music) and FM 93.


Radio Pakistan was originally known as the Pakistan Broadcasting Service at the time of its inception on 14 August 1947. It had the honour of publicly announcing Pakistan's independence from Britain on 13 August 1947 at 11:59 pm. Mustafa Ali Hamdani made the announcement from Lahore in Urdu and English,[2] while Abdullah Jan Maghmoom made the announcement from Peshawar in Pashto.[3]

The announcement was heard as follows:[4]

السلام علیکم
پاکستان براڈ کاسٹنگ سروس ۔ ہم لاہور سے بول رہے ہیں ۔تیرا اور چودہ اگست ، سنہ سینتالیس عیسوی کی درمیانی رات ۔ بارہ بجے ہیں ۔ طلوع صبح آزادی ۔

The English translation of this announcement is as follows:

Greetings Pakistan Broadcasting Service. We are speaking from Lahore. The night between the thirteenth and fourteenth of August, year forty-seven. It is twelve o'clock. Dawn of Freedom.

Mustafa Ali Hamdani


Radio Pakistan broadcasts are in 34 languages: Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi, Seraiki, Potowari, Pashto, Hindko, Kohistani, Khowar, Kashmiri, Gojri, Burushaski, Balti, Shina, Wakhi, Hazargi, Brahvi, English, Chinese, Dari, Persian, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Sinhala, Nepali, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, and Bengali.[5]


According to one of the pioneers of Radio Pakistan, Agha Nasir (9 February 1937 – 12 July 2016), three radio stations at Dhaka (established in 1939), Lahore (1937) and Peshawar Radio Station (1935) existed at the time of independence of Pakistan on 14 August 1947. There was no radio station in the capital of Pakistan, Karachi in 1947.[2][5] On a high priority basis, a major program 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 new stations at Hyderabad (1951), Quetta (1956), a second station at Rawalpindi (1960) and a Receiving Centre at Peshawar (1960). In 1970, training facilities were opened in Islamabad and a station opened at Multan.[5]

A 1973 law, signed by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (President and later Prime minister) regulated Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) as "to publish, circulate, distribute and regulate (reliable and trusted) news and information in any part of the world in any manner that may be deemed fit".[6]

Its one core mission states: "education, news and information to be brought to public awareness the whole range of significant activity.".[7] It was converted into Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation on 20 December 1972 as a statutory body governed by the board of directors and Director General. The Radio Pakistan World Service was established on 21 April 1973. 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. Radio Pakistan opened a new broadcasting house in Khairpur on 7 May 1986, followed by relay stations in 1989 at Sibi and on 21 March 1991 in Abbottabad.[5]

The remoter parts of the country began to receive coverage with new stations opened in the 1990s at Chitral, Loralai and Zhob. In 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. FM 101 Channel of PBC was launched on 1 October 1998 having stations at Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi and now this channel have nine stations throughout Pakistan and is the biggest FM Radio network of Pakistan. In 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 Mithi.[8]

In the last two and a half years, three new networks have been launched by PBC. On 28 August 2008, PBC launched National Broadcasting Service (NBS) the first dedicated Current Affairs Channel. It is a combination of 5 (100 KW) AM transmitters permanently linked together to broadcast a single national program beamed across Pakistan. Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, Quetta and Karachi are the main stations generating the national programming. It is a 17 hours programming on major national and international issues, target audience and literary and cultural programs. PBC launched a new Community FM channel after February 2009 Station Directors Conference. The network is called FM-93 Network with 22 stations across Pakistan. Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Abbottabad, Chitral, Bannu, Kohat, Dera Ismail Khan, Sargodha, Mianwali, Faisalabad, Lahore, Multan, Larkana, Khairpur, Bhit Shah, Hyderabad, Mithi, Karachi and Gwadar transmit the FM 93 network. On 14 November, PBC launched its first English Music Channel in Islamabad called Planet 94. The network operates on FM 94. The second and third stations of the English channel are soon to start their transmissions from Lahore and Karachi.


On May 9, 2023, Peshawar Radio Station was attacked and burned down by supporters of former PM Imran Khan during the 2023 Imran Khan arrest protests.

Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation

Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation
Native name
ہیئت پاکستان برائے قومی نشریات
Company typeStatutory corporation
IndustryMass media
PredecessorRadio Pakistan
FoundedDecember 20, 1972; 51 years ago (1972-12-20) in Islamabad, Pakistan
HeadquartersNational Broadcasting House
G-5/2, Islamabad,
Capital Territory,
Pakistan 44000
Area served
National; available on terrestrial and cable systems
Key people
OwnerGovernment of Pakistan (MoIB)
SubsidiariesRadio Pakistan
Pakistan Television Corporation

The Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Urdu: ہیئت پاکستان برائے قومی نشریات); also known as Voice of Pakistan, is a Pakistani public service broadcaster.[9] It was started as Radio Pakistan but on December 20‚ 1972 it was changed to a statutory body governed by the board of directors and the Director General. Radio services include Radio Pakistan and television operations (Pakistan Television Corporation) include PTV Bolan, PTV Global, PTV Home, PTV National, PTV News, PTV Sports and PTV World. The PBC also operates television services for Azad Jammu & Kashmir under AJK TV. Radio and television are broadcast through satellite, cable, FM, AM, and shortwave radio frequencies.[10] See also Pakistan Television Corporation.

Select programming is also available through WRN.[11]

Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television offers programming in Urdu and English on its national radio and television broadcasts, while offering programming in 23 different regional languages on its domestic radio service and channels.[12] Its external services are broadcast eight hours daily in 10 different foreign languages, covering the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, the Far East Asia and parts of Eastern Europe.[12][13] PBC employs commercial advertising to supplement its federal funding on its television broadcasts. The radio service employed commercials from its inception.


The Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Act, 1973.[14] was enacted... provide for the establishment of a broadcasting corporation, to ensure effective operation and growth of broadcasting as a function-oriented public service medium, general improvement in the quality of programmes, speedy, implementation of projects and better utilisation of talent, and for matters connected therewith;

The functions of the corporation as outlined in the act are:


In accordance with the act, a board of directors is responsible for the management of the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation; the general management is in the hands of a director general, who is appointed by the Government of Pakistan. In total, the board is made up of 12 members, including the director general.

Radio Channels

News & Current Affairs Channel

News and Current Affairs Channel was launched by Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation in November 2000 and was converted into National Broadcasting Service in 2008. It broadcasts 16 hours of programmes from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM (PKT) daily from Islamabad and 8 hours daily from the Provincial Headquarters.[15] Frequencies:

FM 107 (Apna Karachi)

FM-107 / Ballay Ballay FM (Roshan Media) was established in 2002


See also


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  11. ^ "Radio Pakistan on World Radio Network". World Radio Network. Archived from the original on 9 August 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
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  13. ^ "External Services of Radio Pakistan". External Services. Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Act, 1973 (XXXII of 1973)". Radio Pakistan (Archived website). 17 March 2012. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
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