Licence fee for small town radio stations halved -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Licence fee for small town radio stations halved

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has halved the licence fee of small town radio stations from Rs 200,000 to Rs 100,000.

Furthermore, cable television licences would be now given through auction at Tehsil level to streamline the licencing process and priority would be given to those areas where at present no such services are available.

The PEMRA approved allocation of one non-commercial licence to Pakistan Agriculture Research Council for Benazir Bhutto agriculture TV station for promotion and development of agriculture sector and quick distribution of important information.

Another non-commercial licence for FM radio station for Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa Police department was also approved to educate people on road safety and traffic related problems. A fine of Rs 500,000 was imposed on Silver Screen and Filmazia TV due to violation of section 24 of Drugs Act 1973 and promoting health related medicines or products which can be harmful or dangerous.

It was unanimously decided that 18 Cable Operators will be fined as they were airing illegal channels on their networks. The meeting took serious notice of the fact that a number of PEMRA licence holders do not disburse annual revenue fee on time and incur surcharges and instructed PEMRA to enforce its laws and procedures and recover all outstanding dues including surcharges.

The meeting was attended by all the ex-officio members and Chairman, PEMRA Mushtaq Malik, and Executive Member, Dr Abdul Jabbar. It was special in nature as it was the last meeting for the five members belonging to Federal and Provincial areas as their tenure ends on July 17, 2010. Private members completing their tenure are Dr Semi Naghmana, Ms Samar Minallah, Asad Jahangir, Umer Aziz Khan and Dr Najma Najam.
Source: The News