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

Louise Duffy | 07-02-2013

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 show will air three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 11pm PST on Express News.
Sairbeen will bring Express News viewers news, analysis and interviews to get behind the stories on the global news agenda that resonate with Pakistani audiences. The programme will also feature regular items covering Pakistan’s latest cultural developments, social media trends, as well as travel, business and economy.
The programme builds on the success of the flagship daily BBC Urdu radio programme brand, Sairbeen, which is a household name in Pakistan.
Editor of BBC Urdu, Aamer Ahmed Khan, said: “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, said: “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 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