16 new FM radio licenses issued
ISLAMABAD,March 16,2005: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has asked the licence-holders of FM radio channels to launch their service within one year.
This was stated by a senior officer of Pemra while addressing a ceremony held to award 16 new FM radio broadcast licenses here on Tuesday. The Pemra, in the third phase, issued 16 licenses for FM radio channels in 15 cities of the country.
Pemra Director General Haji Ahmed Malik said that with the issuance of 16 more licenses, the total number of FM radio channels has reached 72 out of which 22 stations have started their operation.
He directed the remaining license-holders to start their service within one year otherwise Pemra would be constraint to take action under ‘Sunset Clause’ of rules. “We act as facilitators and want to support the license-holders,” he said.
The Pemra official also directed the license-holders to strictly follow the code of conduct issued by the Authority. “We will not compromise on national interests and are duty bound to ensure healthy information to listeners,” he said.
The general manager (licensing) said that so far 15 licenses of television channels have been issued out of those nine have started their service. He said that Pemra has received another 31 applications for television channels.
The parties getting FM radio broadcast channels include five universities, including Islamia University, Bahawalpur; Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan; Karachi University; Lahore College for Women and Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi.
Others include M/s Mattech Engineering, Rawalpindi; M/s Solar Communication (Dadu); M/s Solar Communication (Hyderabad); M/s Solar Communication (Jacobabad); M/s Tani Communication (Gujar Khan); Digital Effect (Karachi); Ranja Enterprises (Kasur), M/s Future Tech Engineering and System (Khanpur); M/s Solar Communication (Mirpurkhas); M/s Future Tech (Sadiqabad) and M/s Omer Razzaq Enterprises (Toba Tek Singh).
Source: The News