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‘Too long for our broadcast slot’: BBC explains removal of Jadhav’s name from Asad Umar interview

After receiving a severe backlash from Pakistani Twitterati, the BBC on Thursday gave a clarification, which it termed as a "simple technical explanation" for removing Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadav's mention from the interview of Finance Minister Asad Umar. During a TV interview for BBC’s renowned show HARDtalk, the host, Stephen Sackur, posed a range of questions of national importance to the Pakistani finance minister. Nevertheless, the TV version of the interview did not contain the part related to the Indian spy, who…

‘Naya Pakistan, Naya PTV’: BBC acknowledges ‘marked change’ in state-run channel’s coverage

Pakistan’s newly-elected government, soon after taking charge, announced reforming media policies and doing away with government monopoly of state broadcasters. Attesting to the ‘truth’, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has acknowledged the visible change witnessed in coverage of the state-run television, PTV. According to BBC Pashto service, a marked change has been witnessed in the news bulletins of state-run Pakistan Television. The Gulf News citing a survey that the opposition parties were being given…

BBC apologises over Imran-Wasim gaffe

LONDON: Updating its viewers on electoral results from Pakistan, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) show mistakenly ran footage of ex-Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram instead of Imran Khan, but shortly the channel tendered apology for airing the incorrect footage. The video of Wasim was aired in the BBC flagship show Newsnight. The show opened with a piece documenting Imran Khan's journey from a cricketing hero to a potential prime minister. But instead of showing the right-handed all-rounder in action, footage…

Imran Khan confused with Wasim Akram in embarrassing gaffe

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan claimed victory in the general elections held on July 25 which was also widely covered by international media. However, a news report by the renowned BBC confused him with another famous cricketer Wasim Akram. A BBC news report on the elections inadvertently carried a clip Wasim Akram who also played for Pakistan during the World Cup victory in 1992. In a news segment of the BBC Newsnight, they confused Imran with the left-arm bowler Wasim Akram and showed clips of Akram…

Caretaker govt amends Pemra ordinance after SC orders

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday wrapped up media commission case after the caretaker government on the orders of the apex court made an amendment in the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Ordinance. After the amendment in the law, the federal government will be unable to shut down television channels by passing direct orders. Following the amendment, the control of federal government has been curtailed while the authority of Pemra chairman has been increased. A day earlier during the…

‘Killing Eve’: Critics hail ‘thrilling’ feminist TV spy drama

A new spy drama which turns James Bond gender roles on their head was hailed Monday as a "must-see show of the year" by critics. "Killing Eve" stars Sandra Oh of "Grey's Anatomy" fame as a frustrated, shambling bureaucrat working for Britain's MI5 spy agency who ends up on the trail of an international hitwoman. The drama got rave reviews after being shown in competition in the Cannes Series festival in the French Riviera late Sunday. The Hollywood Reporter called its wicked mix of thriller chills and whip-smart…

WATCH: BBC uses clips of wrong Bollywood stars in tribute to Shashi Kapoor

The death of veteran actor Shashi Kapoor on Monday was mourned by millions and it was dubbed the end of an era, undoubtedly. The actor’s demise was covered globally but BBC attracted ire of many for an embarrassing goof-up. Actor Shashi Kapoor died aged 79, but the tribute to the star on the broadcaster's flagship news programme mistakenly  used footage of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor. It comes just days after BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour mixed up a Japanese doctor and a Vietnamese film maker. But neither of…

BBC name change stirs language row in Afghanistan

KABUL: The BBC is facing an angry reaction in Afghanistan after it changed the name of one of its local language Facebook pages to BBC Dari, the official name of the Afghan version of Persian or Farsi but one rejected by many local Persian speakers. The Facebook page and other social media sites were bombarded by criticisms of the change. Many Persian speakers say the name Dari has been imposed historically by the traditionally dominant Pashto ethnic group as an implicit denial of Afghanistan’s place in the wider…

Nawaz says Panamagate JIT members were ‘staunch opponents’

LAHORE: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said that the Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) members were his party's "staunch opponents" but he still presented himself before the team, ARY News reported. In a interview with BBC Urdu, the ousted premier maintained that he had reservations over JIT (formed on the orders of supreme court) members but he and his family members still appeared before the team. said that he had good relations with several generals of the army and no clash or rather…

Putin accuses BBC of supporting opposition leader Navalny

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday responded to a question from a BBC reporter on opposition leader Alexei Navalny by accusing the British broadcaster of supporting the Kremlin critic. "When I heard you were from the BBC, I didn't doubt for a moment you would ask precisely that question because it's in a certain sense propaganda of the people whom you support," Putin said answering a question about whether he sees Navalny as a political competitor following nationwide protests organised by the opposition…