ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi on Saturday highlighted the significant achievements made by Radio Pakistan in its digital migration journey.
Addressing International Conference on Radio Resource Control and Management being held in Amsterdam via Zoom, he said Radio Pakistan had achieved significant milestones in its journey of digital migration.
Despite facing numerous challenges and obstacles, Radio Pakistan has been on its path of progress, he said while stressing that the broadcasting landscape was evolving globally, including in Pakistan.
He said digitalization of Radio Pakistan was currently in progress, with efforts were underway to digitize its entire archives.
The minister said Radio Pakistan was transitioning towards Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) technology to align its broadcasts with international standards.
With the installation of DRM transmitters, he said Radio Pakistan’s broadcast would not only be accessible throughout the country but also in neighboring nations.
Solangi noted that the DRM technology was expected to reduce Radio Pakistan’s operational costs by up to 40 per cent, with the added benefit of energy saving.
The minister also highlighted an important feature of DRM transmitters, which included an emergency warning system capable of issuing immediate alerts during natural disasters. The initiative would also facilitate disaster management authorities in carrying out relief efforts in affected areas.
Solangi expressed his gratitude to the DRM Consortium, especially Chairperson Ruxandra Obreja, for their cooperation in introducing DRM technology in Pakistan.
He expressed hope that continued collaboration between the DRM Consortium, Radio Pakistan’s management, and engineers would lead to a successful digital rollout in the near future.
The minister said with this historic achievement, a new chapter was added to Radio Pakistan’s glorious and historic 76-year journey.
He congratulated the current Director General of Radio Pakistan and the DRM Steering Committee for their unwavering dedication and hard work, noting that their efforts were turning a dream into reality.