BBC World Service is launching the first ever BBC Urdu TV program, Sairbeen, which will be broadcast by Express News in Pakistan.
From Monday 11 February, the BBC’s new TV program in Urdu will air three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 11pm PST on Express News.
Sairbeen draws on the strength of the BBC’s international newsgathering operation, which commands levels of trust, relevance and reach unmatched among international news providers. Sairbeen brings Express News viewers the best of the BBC’s journalism, analysis and interviews to get behind the stories on the global news agenda that resonate with Pakistani audiences. The program also features regular items covering Pakistan’s latest cultural developments, social-media trends, as well as travel, business and economy.
The new BBC TV program builds on the longstanding success of the flagship daily BBC Urdu radio program brand, Sairbeen, which is a household name in Pakistan. The launch of the new TV program with the same name further strengthens the BBC’s offer to the region and commitment to audiences in Pakistan.
Editor of BBC Urdu, Aamer Ahmed Khan, comments on the move to TV broadcasting: “I am excited at what promises to be a very challenging time ahead – both in terms of living the story of this unique region, and doing it on one of the fastest-growing media platforms, television. I am aware of the high expectations our audiences have of BBC, and I am thrilled at the prospect of engaging a newer, younger audience that keenly awaits our TV offer.”
Mazhar Abbas, Director of Current Affairs, Express News, says: “For years, millions of people in Pakistan have grown up listening to Sairbeen on BBC Urdu radio. We now look forward to seeing the next generation make the new BBC Urdu program essential viewing on Express News. By carrying Sairbeen on our channel, we will be able to present something people are currently missing on television in Pakistan – the in-depth and independent analysis from the BBC on national and international issues with leading experts.”
Source: BBC Press Office
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