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UK judge orders ARY to air summary of judgement in defamation case

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LONDON: A Pakistani television channel could become the first-ever channel in the United Kingdom ordered to broadcast the summary of a legal judgement against it. At a legal hearing in London on Wednesday, Judge Sir David Eady ruled that the summary should be broadcast on Dec 23 (Friday) at 6pm, 10pm and 3am in the […]


Electronic media downplay mob attack on Ahmadi centre

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ISLAMABAD: The mob attack on a worship place of the Ahmadi community in Chakwal on Monday was downplayed by the electronic media due to a self-restraint as well as apprehensions of strict monitoring by the regulator. The only coverage of the incident by the electronic media was through the display of tickers. Though the mob […]


Ban on entry of official in PTV withdrawn

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ISLAMABAD: In a surprising move, the state-run PTV administration banned the entry of its director current affairs Agha Masood Shorish into his office but lifted it within a few hours. PTV director administration and personnel Abdul Rashid on December 9 issued a letter stating: “With immediate effect and until further orders, Agha Masood Shorish will […]


National Assembly body decides to summon BOL CEO, anchor

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The Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges decided to summon CEO Bol TV and Anchor Amir Liaquat Hussain in its next meeting in connection with the Question of Privilege raised by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, MNA, regarding “baseless” allegations levelled against him by the anchor in his programme. The committee also directed PEMRA to […]


Payment of 15pc of DTH licence bid amount may violate SC order, Pemra told

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ISLAMABAD: One of three top bidders of DTH licence bidding held by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), Shahzad Sky Pvt Ltd has asked the regulator to defer the payment of 15 percent of successful bid amount of Rs4.89 billion as any further payment may be a violation of the Supreme Court order. Shahzad Sky […]


‘Regional languages missing in films, TV and radio’

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The speakers of a session at the Focus Pakistan Conference pointed out on Sunday that regional languages were missing in films, TV and radio. The session, one of the nine held on the last day of the conference focusing on digital media, radio and television, was moderated by actor Seemi Raheel and actors Hameed Sheikh […]


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 […]