Govt removes PTV MD after ‘begging’ fiasco

State-run broadcaster displayed 'begging' instead of 'Beijing' during PM Imran's address in China

Khalid Mehmood November 07, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information removed the acting managing director of state-owned Pakistan Television Network (PTV) on Tuesday in the aftermath of 'begging' fiasco.

A notification issued by the ministry stated "the charge of Colonel (retd) Hassan Immad Mohammdi as PTV MD was withdrawn with immediate effect and till further orders".

The move comes a day after the state-run broadcaster issued an apology for running 'begging' instead of 'Beijing' on screen during Prime Minister Imran Khan's address to the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China in Beijing.

PM Imran meets Chinese President Xi in Beijing

The premier was on a five-day visit to the friendly nation.

The 'typo' remained on screen for 20 seconds and received heavy criticism.

In its apology, PTV termed the mistake "a typographical error" and assured of strict action against those responsible.

It is pertinent to note that the network has also initiated inquiries into three directors and fired two other employees.

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