Monitoring of cable TV stressed
PESHAWAR, July 11 2006: Commissioner of Council of Complaints Abdul Karim Kundi has warned cable television operators against indulging in objectionable practices and urged them to respect the social norms. Presiding over the 26th meeting of the council here on July 10, he said cable TV could harm the society if not monitored properly. According to a press release issued by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, he said the electronic media played a pivotal role in the development of a society and they could be a check against social evils and injustice.
Pemra officials said the authority had close down 91 illegal FM radio channels in liaison with law-enforcement agencies and doubled its revenue within three months. Provincial Pemra Manager Javed Iqbal said it was monitoring almost all the settled area of the NWFP to keep a watch on illegal FM radio stations. Most of such stations were being run by heads of seminaries who were unaware of the hazards of the use of illegal stations, he said. “Whenever we made them realise the hazards involved in running an illegal FM radio station, they turned out to be very cooperative and closed down such transmissions in most of the cases,” Mr Iqbal said.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, had collected about Rs9 million rupees as revenue in three months, whereas the target was Rs4 million, the press release said.