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Four educational TV channels to be opened, says minister

ISLAMABAD- The science and technology minister, Prof Attaur Rahman, on November 22, 2002 while inaugurating the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service at Satellite Town Exchange, Rawalpindi, said the start of the service was a milestone in the telecommunications history of the country. It will not only bring in more revenue for the PTCL, but […]


Cable operators warned

ISLAMABAD-The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has asked the cable TV operators to stop televising vulgar films. Residents of the capital had lodged complaints with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and CDA saying that the cable operators were showing obscene films during Ramzam and requesting the authorities to take action against the cable operators. The CDA […]


Skardu radio station to be upgraded

SKARDU- Upgrade of Radio Pakistan, Skardu, must be started immediately, Federal Minister for Information and Media Development Nisar A. Memon said during his visit to Skardu and Gilgit. There was a strong demand from general public of both the districts of Baltistan (Skardu and Ghangche Siachan and Kargil sectors of the country) to install a […]


PTV may file suit against US Company

ISLAMABAD- The Pakistan Television (PTV) has incurred a loss of over $1 million after signing a contract with a United States company for rallying PTV transmissions in the US, and has decided to hire a law firm to take the matter into court for the recovery of the money. According to sources, the information secretary […]


Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority councils to address public complaints

ISLAMABAD- The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has set up committees from the general public to deal with complaints against the content and quality of the broadcast media. The “Councils of Complaints” comprising representatives of the civil society will be based in Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi will hear the complaints of the public […]


Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Act, 1973 amended

ISLAMABAD- The President has amended the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Act, 1973 by promulgating an Ordinance. The text of the Ordinance reads: “ORDINANCE NO. XCIV OF 2002. AN ORDINANCE further to amend the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Act, 1973 WHEREAS it is expedient further to amend the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Act4 1973 (XXXII of 1973) 1 or […]


Licences given for setting up 22 FM radio stations

ISLAMABAD- The government on October 14, 2002 awarded licences to successful bidders for establishment of 22 FM radio stations in 17 cities across the country. The information minister, Nisar A. Memon, awarded the licenses at a ceremony held at the National Auditorium on October 19, 2002. The cities where the stations will be established are […]


PEMRA takes up TV licensing hearing on 17th, October 2002

ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) takes up hearing on 17th of October to consider issuance of TV license to local companies. The authority has short-listed seven Pakistani companies Virtual University, Lahore; Indus Entertainment, Karachi; AVT Prime Islamabad; Mashriq Television, Lahore; International Marketing and Trading, Lahore; ARY Communication, Islamabad; and Tele World Top End, […]


Clandestine radio channel seized: 8 held

BAJAUR- The authorities in Bajaur Agency seized a clandestine F.M. Radio channel, being operated by some religious organizations for running election campaign of their candidates and arrested eight suspects. Official sources disclosed that the Bajaur Levy Force raided some hideouts in mountainous areas of the agency on 8th October 2002 night and recovered communication equipment […]


Pakistan Television transmitter installed at Thatta

THATTA- Federal Minister for Information and Media Development Nisar A. Memon, on the inauguration ceremony of a 500 KV transmitter of Pakistan Television (PTV) at Makli, Thatta October 2002, said that both print and electronic media are free to express their views and the government has allowed the private sector to open their radio and […]


PEMRA holds hearing for allowing FM radio licences

QUETTA- Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on October 3, 2002 held hearing for bidders for opening of FM radio stations in Balochistan. Salim Gul, member PEMRA told sources that by holding hearing in Quetta, PEMRA has completed all legal requirements to issue licenses to for thirty FM radio stations throughout the country. Of them […]


Iran to promote media relations with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD- The current regional situation calls for further strengthening and enhancing cooperation between Pakistan and Iran, said Dr Ali Larijani, Chairman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) soon after his arrival on September 30. To a question about the need for greater cooperation in media, he said: “Both Iran and Pakistan enjoy very […]


Formation of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Complaints Council soon

KARACHI- The formation of Council of Complaints of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) is in the offing and will be announced soon for all the four provinces. The Pemra Chairman, Mian Mohammad Javed, stated this after chairing public hearing with regard to the grant of licence to applicants for setting up of seven FM […]


PPP leader slams PTV for refusing commercial time

ISLAMABAD- The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said Pakistan Television had refused it commercial time to air a party message containing images of the late prime minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The PPP request had been turned down by the Pakistan Television (PTV) censor board with a comment that “persons convicted […]