Radio Pakistan moving towards DRM Technology: Info Minister

Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi says Radio Pakistan is moving towards Digital Radio Mondiale Technology to bring its broadcast at par with the international standards.

He was addressing an international conference titled ‘Radio Resource Control and Management’ in Amsterdam via Zoom today [Saturday].

The Minister said the broadcast of Radio Pakistan will be accessible throughout the country and neighbouring countries after installation of the DRM transmitter.

He added that Radio Pakistan’s operational cost would be reduced by forty percent due to DRM technology. 

Murtaza Solangi said the technology will help broadcast multiple programs from the same transmitter simultaneously, which will also reduce electricity cost.

He highlighted that apart from the audio signals of the best standards, the DRM transmitters are also equipped with an emergency warning system, which will be able to issue emergency alerts in case of natural disasters.

The Minister said this will also assist Disaster Management Authorities in carrying out relief operations in disaster-hit areas with efficacy.

Highlighting Radio Pakistan’s journey towards digitalization, he said the national broadcaster continued its journey of advancement with determination despite challenges.

Murtaza Solangi said the national broadcaster has achieved many milestones in its long journey of digital migration. It has also taken effective steps for digitalization of its entire archives.

He also thanked DRM consortium especially Chairperson Ruxandra Obreja for cooperation in installation of 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 Information Minister said with this historic achievement, a new era will be supplemented to Radio Pakistan’s 76-year-long glorious journey.

Murtaza Solangi felicitated the Director General Radio Pakistan and DRM Steering Committee for their unwavering passion, hard work and dedication for making the journey a success.