BBC Urdu launches TV programme Sairbeen on Express News channel in Pakistan

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."Editor of BBC Urdu, Aamer Ahmed Khan
Date: 06.02.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.50
Category: World Service
BBC World Service is launching the first ever BBC Urdu TV programme, Sairbeen, which will be broadcast by Express News in Pakistan.

From Monday 11 February, the BBC’s new TV programme 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 programme also features regular items covering Pakistan’s latest cultural developments, social-media trends, as well as travel, business and economy.

The new BBC TV programme builds on the longstanding success of the flagship daily BBC Urdu radio programme brand, Sairbeen, which is a household name in Pakistan. The launch of the new TV programme 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 programme 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.”

Express News has major outreach among urban and rural audiences. It is part of one of Pakistan’s leading media groups which owns a number of TV channels and newspapers in Urdu, English and Sindhi, as well as online news services.

BBC Urdu, which has been broadcasting to the region since 1940, is a news and information service providing audio, video, text and graphic content across a number of platforms including MW, FM, mobile handheld devices and online via bbcurdu.com.

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