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Media bigwigs converse about ratings and censorship

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Pakistan’s first and only production and entertainment conference, Focus PK ’16, kicked off on Saturday at a Karachi hotel, where discussions were held about the media industry and its future, with a tinge of nostalgia for the bygone days. The two-day conference – which showcases film, television, theatre, radio, and print and digital media, with […]


DTH bidding sees globally unprecedented bidding

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Pakistani media kept out of process; cable operators believe project would die premature death; SC conditioned auction results with LHC verdict ISLAMABAD: PML-N  minister Kh Asif has criticised broadcasters’ low payments to PEMRA each year against the new DTH bids running into billions and, therefore, not being comparable. The Supreme Court allowed PEMRA to hold […]


The case of the DTH auction

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There’s a certain pride to be taken in breaking unjust – or, even worse, silly – laws. I used to be the proud owner of an outlawed Direct To Home satellite dish. I refer to it in the past tense even though it’s still lying around somewhere because it is only of use as a […]


Radio programmes on gender-based violence launched

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KARACHI: Uks, research, resource and publication centre working for women empowerment, gender equality and equity within and through the media, has launched a series of radio programmes to show solidarity with the 16-day international campaign against gender-based violence starting on Friday. The theme of this year is ‘From peace in the home to peace in […]


DTH auction to fetch govt Rs14.7 billion

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ISLAMABAD: The first auction of licences for direct-to-home (DTH) television services successfully concluded early on Thursday morning, fetching the national exchequer around Rs14.7 billion. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) announced that the successful bidders for the three licences were MAG Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Lahore, with the bid of Rs4.91 billion, Star Times Pakistan […]


No country bans broadcasters from getting distribution licences

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Broadcasters are concerned more than others for providing viewers standard and cheap telecast; they have to deal with distributors on local and international level so it is better to make own network; many countries do not allow foreign investment in media industry while some countries used to change limits in this regard; Pemra argument is […]


LHC stays DTH licence bidding process

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court stayed on Tuesday the DTH (direct-to-home) licence bidding process by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority till a decision on petitions challenging Pemra rules for grant of licences. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ayesha A. Malik and comprising Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh and Justice Shahid Karim issued the order […]


Working paper for monitoring in 2 months

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ISLAMABAD –  Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb on Monday told a Senate body that working paper for parliamentary monitoring of channels’ ratings will be finalised in two months. A Senate Standing Committee on Information meeting was held under the chair of Senator Kamil Ali Agha. Talking about the […]


Auction of DTH licences on 23rd

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Gross revenue advertisement reduced from 5 to 2pc from Jan 1, 2017 LAHORE: Auction of Direct-To-Home (DTH) licences will be held as per schedule on Nov 23.  This decision was made in a meeting which was presided over by Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, and attended by Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) chairman, Pakistan Electronic […]


DTH launch to inject $400m in media sector: PEMRA officials

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ISLAMABAD: The country’s media industry is poised to get a $400 million injection – the biggest ever investment in the sector – as the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) is set to auction three licences for digital satellite television services next week. The successful launch of Direct-to-Home (DTH) services will be a game changer for […]


Pemra issues notice to private TV for airing Indian content

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Thursday in a letter to Sabzbaat television issued a show cause notice for airing Indian content in its transmission. In its notice Pemra General Manager Operations wrote that daily transmission report of that television from November 4 to November 12, 2016 confirmed that channel had been airing […]


DTH license bidding: Pemra expects $400m investment in 3 years

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) is expecting direct and indirect investment of $400 million through bidding of Direct to Home (DTH) licenses during the next three years. Senior PEMRA officials while talking to a group of journalists here on Thursday said that PEMRA will open bidding process to award 3 DTH licenses […]


BBC World Service to add Punjabi, 10 other languages

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LONDON: The BBC said on Wednesday that its World Service would begin broadcasting in 11 additional languages in a drive to reach millions more people. The World Service will add Indian languages Gujarati, Marathi and Telugu, as well as Punjabi, which is widely spoken in Pakistan and parts of India, and Korean, spoken in both […]


Cable operators threaten strike over DTH issue

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ISLAMABAD: Cable operators in the country are all set to cross swords with the electronic media watchdog over its decision to introduce Direct-to-Home (DTH) service. They have decided to go on strike if the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) did not accept their demand of postponing the process of introducing the DTH service by Friday. […]