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Burhanuddin Hasan was born in Rampur, a former Princely State in Northern U.P. (India). After working in Urdu newspapers ‘Afaq’ and ‘Asaar’ for a couple of years, he joined Radio Pakistan in 1956 as Assistant Director Monitoring and later served as News Editor in Radio’s Central News Organization at Karachi.
In 1961, he was seconded to the Voice of America (VOA) in Washington D.C. as Broadcaster and Advisor in the Urdu Service, where he worked for about five years. During his stay in the United States he studied TV Production and Direction at the University of Maryland.
On his return from the US he joined Pakistan Television Corporation in 1968 as News Editor at the Karachi TV Center. He also served as General Manager, Rawalpindi-Islamabad TV Center, Controller News, Director News and Current Affairs, Director International Relations and Director Administration of Pakistan Television Corporation.
After retiring from the service of PTV in 1992, he is heading his own PR firm- Media Marketing International (MMI) and has been associated with Citibank as Media Advisor for a number of years.
In his book "Uncensored", the author uses an unusual combination of the anecdotal approach as well as an analytical perspective to recall vivid episodes from his experience and to examine the factors and personalities
that have shaped official policies towards news content in electronic media in our country.
In his recollection of world and national figures, he recaptures scenes and personal observations of leaders as varied as Eisenhower, Ayub Khan, Charles de Gaulle, Khomeini, Qaddafi, Z.A. Bhutto, Zia-ul-Haq, Benazir
Bhutto and several others. Whether it is instantly translating an American President's speech from English into Urdu and being warmly commended by him for his accuracy and fluency or whether it is listening to the fulmination of a Pakistani President who is upset with the way in which even Government-controlled TV has treated one of his speeches, Burhanuddin Hasan assembles a mosaic of
glimpses and glances into a fascinating past.
Throughout the book, notwithstanding its somewhat unconventional shifts from reminiscences to commentary to citations of observations by other writers, there is a strong nexus between the way in which the electronic media
have been controlled and managed in Pakistan during the course of our political history.
What has been going on behind the thick blanket of censor inside the cloisters of the television world of Pakistan is as fascinating a story as any cloak-and camera
thriller can be. Burhanuddin hasan has spent a life time in the news and current affairs segment of Pakistan's state-controlled television. This part of Pakistan Television is the weird cave where the censor has been working overtime and in the most uninhibited manner, too.
In an unfree society, such as ours has been since well before the advent of television, media generally, but television in particular, is used and abused without stint or any constraint of conscience or suggestion of embarrassment. In Pakistan holding power means good-bye to any sense of repentance, remorse or shame..............This is a book of revelations. It has to be because it
uncovers life in a highly regimented and censored culture. Burhanuddin hasan has laid out a feast of unbelievable variety. Every bit is a tiny bomb of wonderment, shock, amusement and some good advice and warning. For those
who sit on the media as censors can experience a tremor of shame. But that looks highly unlikely. Those who can feel shame, usually are unable to see what may be shameful.