Karachi: After more than one year wait, Pakistan Television Network (PTV) has finalized to launch Sports channel within four Weeks period. According to sources, this time PTV management has done all work to launch Sports Channel. PTV has purchased ICC Events rights on high prices and due to delay in launch of Sports Channel, PTV is facing loss. PTV is showing Cricket matches on PTV National to hide criticism.
In 2010, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting planned to launch new sports channel named “PTV Sports” but it couldn’t happen till end of 2011. Pakistan has only one sports channel “Geo Super” which is facing clash with PTV and Ten Sports due to ICC Events Rights.
In November 2011, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan promised to launch sports channel in December 2011 but it delayed due to some problems.