PEMRA launches crackdown on cable operators
ISLAMABAD: Enforcement teams of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority on Thursday raided over 50 cable television networks in various parts of the country in a bid to stop illegal airing of satellite and CD channels despite repeated warnings to them.
A PEMRA press release issued on Thursday said that excessive CD channels on cable networks were not only a peril but also a main source of content piracy and plagiarism which the authority is taking seriously to address.
The PEMRA had time and again warned cable operators to observe the law. Public notices were also published in print media on this issue mentioning list of eligible channels to be strictly adhered to by all cable TV networks.
The cable operators that faced the wrath of PEMRA included Digital Cable and Sunshine Cable in Jhelum; Fast Link Cable in Chakwal; Foxtel Cable, Sam Cable, Al-Shahbaz Cable, Hazara Cable and AU Cable in Islamabad; Star Tel Cable and Future Tech Cable in Attock; New Touch Cable, SS Cable and New Star Cable in Sargodha. In Lahore, the PEMRA cracked down on Gulf Cable, HN Cable, Vision Multimedia, Max Cable, BMC Cable, Super Tech Cable, Aashiq Cable, Sehar Cable and Zoom Multimedia. The equipment of most of the stated cable TV operators were partially or completely seized.
Source: Daily Times