Dr. Amir Liaqat is back

With a vengence

It was quite obvious after last Ramadan that Geo was going to hire Dr Amir Liaqat back. Geo had six to eight anchors last year, ranging from Junaid Jamshed to Omar Sharif and of course Sahir Lodhi, for around six hours of Ramadan special programming. Still, Amir Liaqat single-handedly took on all . . . → Read More: Dr. Amir Liaqat is back

NewsCorp to Split into two

NEW YORK — The board of directors at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has approved a plan that calls for splitting the global media conglomerate into two separate companies, one holding its newspaper business and another its entertainment operations, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

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Show cause notices sent to TV channels showing graphic images of airplane crash

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued a furious rebuke to 17 television channels after they broadcast graphic images of the victims of the Bhoja Air plane crash.

The channels have been served show cause notices for airing the footage. Pemra ordered the channels to explain themselves over what it called “horrific and insane” . . . → Read More: Show cause notices sent to TV channels showing graphic images of airplane crash

PEMRA: please define indecent

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) is really stepping up its efforts to, at least superficially, hold the media accountable. First they made their public complaints archive publicly accessible online – good job, although a glance at the complaints does highlight the issue of their complaint centre being hijacked by propaganda-laden trolling.

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Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge

“Ultimately, a right step in the wrong direction.”

Firstly, let’s not get emotional. There are many downsides to a World with free knowledge, for instance, infringement of intellectual property rights. Random Facebook users have been known to create pages like ‘Hotties of Pakistan’ with photographs only your friends were supposed to have access to and . . . → Read More: Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge

“Super Weapons” for whom?

While most countries are busy developing advanced weapons technologies and even more advanced technologies to counter the advanced super weapons that their rivals or foes are developing, billions of dollars are being spent for non-productive and highly destructive objectives. Do citizens of these countries want all these weapons? Weapons which will obliterate citizens of other . . . → Read More: “Super Weapons” for whom?

Insane Media & Gruesome Imagery

 The conversation about the images of Qaddafi’s body so far has mainly been about whether they should or shouldn’t have been shown—but that’s a reductive conversation. The more interesting issue is how they were shown—and what the effects were. In this instance, news channels like CNN offered the rather rote notice that some of the . . . → Read More: Insane Media & Gruesome Imagery

Cupcake pioneers find philanthropy to be their sweet reward

In 2003, before the cupcake became a sensation in bakeries across the country, Charles and Candace Nelson made a promise to themselves one New Year’s Day when they began drafting an ambitious business plan based on a single dessert.

“Everyone said a cupcake business is not going to make it, so we knew if . . . → Read More: Cupcake pioneers find philanthropy to be their sweet reward

Quantum Leaps of the Mind

How is it that the Pakistani perception can jump from the resignation (or non-reappointment, rather) of the Foreign Minister, to a case of diplomatic immunity, to an American killing two Pakistanis in broad daylight, and make sense of all of it?

The Pakistani mindset has indeed been ‘warped’ after too much “breaking news” and on-the-edge-of-the-seats . . . → Read More: Quantum Leaps of the Mind

A slippery slope

If a newspaper wanted to cover match-fixing, the last person they would ask to report the story is a Pakistani cricketer. No media organisation with a semblance of sense would expect a person to provide unbiased reporting on his greatest revenue stream. It is called conflict of interest and should govern every facet of journalism, . . . → Read More: A slippery slope