Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC, Radio Pakistan) operates 67 broadcasting units, out of which 33 are mediumwave, seven are shortwave and 27 are FM stations. The Home Service Programmes of Radio Pakistan broadcast in 21 languages for a total of 750 hours daily.
PBC’s World Service offers information and entertainment programmes to Pakistanis abroad in its 10-hour Urdu language daily broadcasts. Its External Service provides broadcasts in 10 languages. Both services cover countries in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
PBC monitors 15 international radio channels and seven foreign TV networks. PBC is funded by the government and has 4,500 employees. Its advertisement and other revenue make up 11 percent of its total operating budget.
Its youth channels FM 101 and FM 93 broadcast from 21 cities for over 205 hours daily, while the news unit broadcasts 150 news bulletins in 31 languages daily.
On 14 November 2009, PBC inaugurated its first 24-hour English language channel, Planet FM 94. It is primarily a music channel that includes music from many countries as well as some health and education programmes.
PBC’s production house is the latest addition to the high-end production facilities housed in its headquarters. It generates revenue for PBC, both when facilitating commercial productions and leasing out on a commercial basis.