Cable TV operators asked to show respect to ethnic, linguistic groups -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Cable TV operators asked to show respect to ethnic, linguistic groups

ISLAMABAD- The central monitoring committee for Cable TV has directed the operators to show respect to all ethnic, linguistic groups and minorities provided in the licence conditions.

The meeting also asked the Cable TV operators to provide basic transmission service, which included 20 channels and show deference to the religious, social, cultural, traditional and moral values of the country in relaying programmes.

The programmes that contain immoral, gratuitous and excessive violence should be avoided, the committee further directed the operators.

The committee, which met PTA Chairman Mian Javed in the chair here on Saturday, also requested the public to help the PTA by their suggestions, complaints, to improve the quality of the Cable TV service.

The committee decided that all these complaints, suggestions would be addressed to the central
and regional committees. The committee decided to provide booklet to the Cable TV operators containing terms and conditions enshrined in the licence conditions to their subscribers so that they may know the obligations towards the consumers of the Cable TV.

The central monitoring committee emphasised that public awareness campaign should be initiated to make people aware about the positive aspects of the Cable TV, network. The committee was informed that licences to more than 600 Cable TV operators have been issued throughout the country. The regional committees of the PTA are also issuing the licences, the meeting was informed.

The PTA had constituted regional monitoring committees consisting of senior citizens drawn from different sections of the society.

The complaints regarding overcharging, provision of less number of channels, telecasting immoral contents on the Cable TV and misbehavior with the customers would be dealt with accordingly. These committees have been empowered to cancel the licences and take actions against those, who are not following the terms and conditions of the licences.

The meeting was attended by the high officials of the ministries of Culture, Information and Information Technology Division.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:8/28/2000