BBC Urdu bulletins will no longer be available for TV viewers in Pakistan as The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Friday announced that it would no longer broadcast its Urdu service news and current affairs programme, Sairbeen on Aaj TV owing to interference with its bulletins.
However, Pakistani viewers can access the BBC Urdu programme through their website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
BBC World Service Director Jamie Angus in a statement said that the BBC had experienced “interference in our news bulletins since October 2020” and that the organisation had given “ample time” to Aaj TV to resolve the issue.
“We gave Aaj TV ample time for their efforts to facilitate returning the programme to air. Since this interference continued, despite efforts in good faith on both sides, the BBC had no alternative but to end the partnership with immediate effect. We regret any disruption to our loyal audiences in Pakistan.”
“Any interference in our programmes represents a serious breach of trust with our audiences, which the BBC cannot allow,” the director said.