PEMRA bans TV channels -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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PEMRA bans TV channels

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

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

It further 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 to adopt measures to stop piracy through TV channels,” said a PEMRA press release on June 2.

In view of the persistent public demand, PEMRA said, the authority has decided to proscribe these channels under section 27 of PEMRA Ordinance.

The PEMRA 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 landmass from their footprints, but they had some difficulties for the time being. PEMRA warned that the telecasting these channels would be an offence under section 33 of PEMRA Ordinance to sell cards/decoders and relay, show, transmit these channels on Cable TV, MMDS, etc.
Source: The News
Date:6/3/2004