1. Short title‚ extend and commencement. (1) This Act may be called the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Act‚ 1973.
(2). It extends to the whole of Pakistan.
(3). It shall come into force at once and shall be deemed to have taken effect on the twentieth day of December‚ 1972.
2. Definition. In this Act‚ unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or
(a) "Board" means the Board of Directors of the Corporation;
(b) "Chairman" means the Chairman of the Board;
(c) "Corporation" means the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation
Established under section 3;
(d) "Director" means a Director of the Corporation;
(e) "regulation" means a regulation made under this Act;
(f) "rule" means a rule made under this Act;
(g) "station" means any production‚ receiving‚ or transmitting
Unit‚ fixed or mobile.
ESTABLISHMENT AND INCORPORATION OF THE CORPORATION
3. Establishment of the Corporation. (1) As from the commencement of this Act‚ there shall be established a corporation to be called the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation.
(2). The Corporation shall be body corporate by the name of the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation‚ having perpetual succession and a common seal‚ with power to hold and dispose of property‚ and shall by the said name sue and be sued.
4. The Board. (1) The general direction and the administration of the affairs of the corporation shall vest in a Board‚ to be constituted in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2).
(2) The Board shall consist of the following Directors‚ namely :
(a) the Chairman of the Board‚ to be appointed by the Federal
(b) not more than seven other directors‚ of whom one shall be the Director-General and one the Finance Director‚ to be appointed by the Federal Government.
(3) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of sub-section (1)‚ the Board shall have full powers with regard to
(a) the preparation of the annual revenue budget of the Corporation and approval of that budget and expenditure not included in its annual budget for capital and development expenditure;
(b) the formulating and implementing of all programmes and policies; and
(c) the making of plans for technical development within the country and for promotion of the corporation's interests abroad.
(5) Qualifications of Directors and term of office. (1) A Director‚ other than the Finance Director‚ shall be a person with experience in the field of broadcasting and public information media.
(2) A Director shall hold office during the pleasure of the Federal Government.
(3) A Director may at any time‚ by writing under his hand addressed to the Federal Government‚ resign his office‚ but he shall continue to perform his functions until his resignation has been accepted by the Federal Government.
6. Removal of Directors. The Federal Government may‚ by notification in the official Gazette‚ remove a Director other than the Chairman if
(a) he refuses or fails to discharge‚ or becomes‚ in the opinion of the Federal Government‚ incapable of discharging his responsibilities as a Director; or
(b) he is adjudged an insolvent by a competent court; or
(c) he is declared to be disqualified for employment in‚ or has been dismissed from‚ the service of Pakistan; or
(d) he is convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude.
7. Meeting of the Board. (1) The Board shall meet at such time and such place as may be prescribed by regulations:
Provided that no less than one meeting of the Board shall be held every month.
(2) To constitute a quorum at a meeting of the Board ‚ the Chairman‚ or in his absence a Director authorized by him‚ and two other Directors shall be present.
(3) The Chairman‚ or in his absence a Director authorized by him‚ shall preside at the meetings of the Board.
8. Director-General. (1) There shall be a Director-General of the Corporation who shall be appointed by the Federal Government on such salary and terms and conditions as the federal Government may determine and shall be the chief executive of the Corporation.
(2) The Director-General shall hold office during the pleasure of the Federal Government.
9. Delegation of power. The Board may‚ from time to time‚ delegate any of its powers to the Director-General or any other officer of the Corporation.
FUNCTIONS OF THE CORPORATION
10. (1) The functions of the corporation shall be
(a) to provide broadcasting services for general reception in all parts of Pakistan and the territorial waters thereof and on board ships and aircrafts (such services being hereafter referred to as Home Services) and in other countries and places (such services being hereafter referred to as External Services) for the purposes of disseminating information‚ education and entertainment through programmes which maintain a proper balance in their subject-matter and a high general standard of quality and morality;
(b) Broadcasting such programmes as may promote Islamic ideology‚ national unity and principles of democracy‚ freedom equality‚ tolerance and social justice as enunciated by Islam‚ discourage parochial‚ racial‚ tribal sectarian‚ linguistic and provincial prejudices and reflect the urges and aspirations of the people of Pakistan;
(c) to broadcast in the Home Services such special programmes as the Federal Government may‚ from time to time‚ direct;
(d) to broadcast programmes in the External Services to such countries and in such languages and at such times as the Federal Government may‚ from time to time‚ director;
(e) to being to public awareness the whole range of significant activity and to present news or events in as factual‚ accurate and impartial a manner as possible;
(f) to carry out instructions of the Federal Government with regard to general pattern or policies in respect of programmes‚ announcements and news to be put out on the air from time to time;
(g) to hold the existing and to construct or acquire and establish or install additional stations and apparatus;
(h) to hold the existing and to construct or acquire additional equipment and apparatus for telephony in Pakistan for purpose of broadcasting;
(i) to compile‚ prepare‚ print‚ publish‚ issue‚ circulate and distribute‚ with or without charge‚ such papers‚ magazines‚ periodicals‚ books‚ circulars and other such matter as may be conducive to any of the functions of the Corporation; and
(j) to collect news and information in any part of the world in any manner that may be deemed fit.
(2) In the discharge of its functions the Corporation shall be guided on questions of policy by the instruction‚ if any‚ given to it from time to time by the Federal Government which shall be the sole judge as to whether a question is a question of policy.
11. Employment of officers and staff. The Board may‚ time to time‚ employ such persons as it may consider necessary for the performance of its functions on such terms and conditions as it may prescribe by regulations.
12. Transfer of Radio Pakistan servants to the Corporation. (1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any contract or agreement or in the conditions of service‚ the Federal Government may‚ subject to the provisions of sub-sections (2) and (3)‚ transfer persons in the service of Pakistan and serving in connection with the affairs of the department of the Government of Pakistan headed by the Director-General Radio Pakistan‚ hereinafter referred to as Radio Pakistan‚ immediately before the commencement of this Act‚ including persons on deputation to other organizations in Pakistan or abroad‚ to the Corporation on the same terms and conditions to which they were entitled immediately before such commencement.
*(1A) The persons transferred to the Corporation under sub-section (1) shall cease to be civil servants in the service of Pakistan and become employees of the corporation from the date of its establishment under section 3‚ on the same terms and conditions to which they were entitled immediately before such transfer.
*(1B) Notwithstanding any judgment of any Court or tribunal‚ including the Supreme Court‚ any law‚ contract‚ agreement or the conditions of service‚ all actions taken‚ powers exercised‚ orders or instructions issued‚ by the Corporation in respect of terms and conditions of the employees referred to in sub-section (1A) after their transfer to the Corporation till the coming into force of the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Amendment) Act‚ 1996 (IV of 1996)‚ shall be deemed to have been validly taken‚ exercised or issued by the Corporation."
(2) Notwithstanding anything in sub-section (1)‚ only such members of the Information Service of Pakistan serving Radio Pakistan immediately before the commencement of this Act shall be transferred to the Corporation as opt for service in the Corporation.
(3) The persons transferred to the Corporation under sub-section (2) shall‚ on such transfer‚ cease to be members of the Information Service of Pakistan.
(4) The terms and conditions of service of the members of the Information Service of Pakistan transferred to the Corporation to their disadvantage.
(5) No person in the service of Pakistan who is transferred to the Corporation under sub-section (1) shall‚ notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force‚ be entitled to any compensation because of such transfer.
13. Sources of income. The sources of income of the Corporation shall be
(a) grants-in-aid made by the Federal Government for approved projects of the Corporation;
(b) money paid by the Federal Government for the expenditure incurred by the Corporation on the External Services and other services performed by the Corporation at the instance and on behalf of the Government;
(c) such annual subsidy as the Federal Government may grant;
(d) licence fee as the Federal Government may fix in respect of licences issued under section 4 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act‚ 1933 (XVII of 1933)‚ to possess wireless telegraphy apparatus;
(e) income derved from sale of programmes and broadcast time for advertisement; and
(f) income from other sources.
14. Budget for capital and development expenditure. Before the commencement of each financial year‚ the Corporation shall submit to the Federal Government for its approval a budget for the capital and development expenditure proposed to be incurred by the Corporation during the financial year and shall not incur any expenditure of the nature of capital and development expenditure which is not provided for in the budget as approved by the Federal Government.
15. Borrowing power. The Corporation may‚ with the previous sanction of the Federal Government‚ and on such terms and conditions as may be approved by the Government‚ borrow in Pakistan currency or foreign currency.
16. Audit and accounts. (1) The accounts of the Corporation shall be maintained in such manner as may be prescribed by rules and shall be audited every year‚ in such manner as may be so prescribed‚ by an auditor appointed by the Corporation who is a chartered accountant within the meaning of the Chartered Accountants Ordinances‚ 1961 (X of 1961)‚ and if the Federal Government so directs‚ by the Auditor-General of Pakistan.
(2) Copies of the audit report shall be sent to the Board and the report shall also be available for public inspection.
(3) The statement of audited accounts of the Corporation together with a report of the Board thereon shall be furnished to the Federal Government by the Corporation within six months of the close of every financial year.
(4) The Federal Government may at any time issue directions to the Corporation to rectify any audit objection and the Corporation shall comply with every such direction.
17. Exemption from taxes. Notwithstanding anything contained in the Income-tax Act‚ 1922 (XI of 1922)‚ the Business Profits Tax Act‚ 1947 (XXI of 1947)‚ the Gift-tax Act‚ 1963 (XIV of 1963)‚ the Wealth-tax Act‚ 1963 (XV of 1963)‚ or any other law for the time being in force relating to income-tax‚ super-tax‚ wealth-tax‚ gift-tax or business profits tax‚ the Corporation shall not be liable to pay any such tax on its income‚ profits or gains.
18. Reports. (1) The Corporation shall submit to the Federal Government at such time‚ after the end of every financial year‚ in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed by rules‚ a report on the conduct of its affairs for that year.
(2) The Federal Government shall cause the report to be laid before the National Assembly.
19. Transfer of assets and liabilities of Radio Pakistan. All assets and liabilities of the Federal Government in relation to radio Pakistan subsisting immediately before the commencement of this Act shall‚ unless the Federal Government‚ by notification in the official Gazette‚ otherwise directs‚ vest in the Corporation as from such commencement.
20. Liquidation of Corporation. No provision of law relating to the winding up of companies shall apply to the Corporation and the Corporation shall not be wound up save by an order of the Federal Government and in such manner as the Federal Government may direct.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
21. Power to make rule. The Federal Government may make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
22. Power to make regulations. The Board may‚ with the previous sanction of the Federal Government‚ make regulations to provide for all matters not required to be provided for by rules and for which provision in necessary or expedient for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
*(2) The regulations made under this section on the first occasion‚ other than those having financial implication‚ may be made so as to have effect from the date of the establishment of the Corporation
23. Repeal. The Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Ordinance‚ 1972 (LXVI of 1972)‚ is hereby repealed.