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PEMRA bans channels

ISLAMABAD – PEMRA has banned Tele Track, MM, MM2, M-Net and Series channels being distributed by Cable TV Operators through their networks in Pakistan.

It said these mentioned channels were not included in the eligible channels list issued by PEMRA, adding these channels have not sought registration with PEMRA which is a prerequisite for landing rights.

It also said the channels software also includes objectionable pornographic content and encourages moral turpitude which contravenes Code of Conduct of PEMRA.

“These channels are shown by pirated decoders’ cards in various parts of the country. The principals of Multi Choice Africa have taken up the issue of piracy with PEMRA, and requested it to adopt measures to stop piracy through TV channels”, said a press release issued by PEMRA on June 2.

In view of the persistent public demand, PEMRA said the Authority has decided to proscribe above-mentioned channels under section “27” of the PEMRA Ordinance.

The Authority has also issued a circular to all Cable TV Operators to stop the relay of these channels from their networks. The representative of Multi-choice Africa was asked to exclude Pakistan’s land mass from their footprints, but they had some difficulties for the time being.

PEMRA warned that the tele-casting these channels would be an offence under section “53” of the PEMRA Ordinance to sell cards/decoders and relay show, transmit these channels on Cable TV, MMDS, etc.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:6/3/2004