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ISLAMABAD: CDA warns action against illegal cable operators

ISLAMABAD- The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Wednesday warned the illegal cable channel operators to get No Objection Certificates (NOC) from the authority otherwise action would be taken against them. The CDA also asked the residents not to get connection from the illegal cable operators. A fresh notice issued by the Authority on Wednesday to […]

Media taking on Indian propaganda, says minister

QUETTA- The Federal Minister for Information and Media Development, Nisar Memon refuted the impression that Pakistani electronic media has failed to counter Indian propaganda and said despite having limited resources it is effectively countering Indian media. Talking to mediamen here, he said it was wrong that Punjab should be make responsible for every problem of […]

Pakistan to expand media cooperation with Nepal

ISLAMABAD- Pakistan and Nepal have agreed in principle to enhance their bilateral co-operation in the field of print and broadcast media to their mutual advantage, an official announcement said. Nepalese Minister for Information and Communications, Mr Jaya Prakash Prasad Gupta and Minister for Information and Media Development Nisar A. Memon at a meeting agreed to […]

Gujrat PTV ban regrettable

ISLAMABAD- PTV spokesman Sunday regretted Indian decision to ban Pakistan Television (PTV) transmission in the Gujarat state for allegedly broadcasting provocative reports of the communal violence in that state which so far claimed over 400 lives. “PTV has been reporting nothing but facts as they have unfolded and the Gujarat government’s ban on its transmission […]

Text of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Ordinance (PEMRA)

ISLAMABAD- President General Musharraf promulgated an ordinance to regulate broadcast media in Pakistan. The text of the ordinance is as follows: ORDINANCE NO XIII OF 2002. (AN ORDINANCE to regulate broadcast media in Pakistan) Whereas it is expedient to provide for the development of broadcast media in order to (i) improve the standards of information, […]

PBC employees want new pay scales enforced

MUZAFFARABAD- The employees of the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) have expressed dismay over the non-implementation of the new pay scales in the corporation and urged the federal government to do the needful at the earliest. It is ironical that the new pay scales, affected more than two months ago in all government and semi-government organizations […]

Electronic media regulatory body soon, says official

ISLAMABAD- Federal Information Secretary Syed Anwar Mehmood said that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) would come into existence in a couple of days. After approval by the federal cabinet, the bill was lying with President Pervez Musharraf for final touches, he said. The authority will function independently and will be fully empowered to take […]

PTA receives complaints against cable TV operators

ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has received numerous complaints against certain cable TV operators, who are relaying obscene and vulgar programmes in violation of rules and regulations. The Chairman, PTA Maj. Gen. Shahzada Alam Malik, while presiding over a meeting of the authority has taken a serious view of the breach of code of ethics […]

Private television channels allowed

ISLAMABAD, Jan 16: The federal cabinet on Wednesday approved an ordinance allowing establishment of TV channels in private sector. The cabinet meeting, which was presided over by President Pervez Musharraf, approved the draft of PEMRA Ordinance 2002, allowing the setting up of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority. The PEMRA will have a chairman and nine […]


ISLAMABAD- Federal Information Secretary and Chairman, Pakistan Broadcasting and Television corporations, Syed Anwar Mahmood said the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) will soon be launching a new radio station at Gwadar for the benefit of the people of the coastal area and another one at Umerkot. The PBC has undertaken this project out of its own […]

PTV gives up three Urdu news bulletins

ISLAMABAD- The Pakistan Television has given up three most important Urdu news bulletins recently. These brief bulletins of 3 to 10 minutes durations were aired at 6:10pm, 8pm and 10pm. The PTV authorities said that the decision was taken after the survey of viewers and in the larger national interest. However, the insiders insist that […]

PBC to have union soon

ISLAMABAD- Secretary Information and Media Development Syed Anwar Mehmood held an assurance to the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) employees that their right of having a bargaining agency would be restored by end of March this year. Anwar, who is also the PBC chairman, said this while addressing an Eid Milon party organized by the United […]

PTA told to report about ban on cable TV channels

LAHORE- Mr. Justice Karamat Nazir Bhandari of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Friday sought comments, within two weeks, from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), and the Information Ministry, on a petition which questioned ban on transmitting Indian TV channels through cable operations. Advocate M.D Tahir, stated in his petition that as a result of ban the […]

Ban on cable TV channels relaxed

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has allowed Cable TV Operators to transmit five Star TV Channels of ESPN, Star Sports, National Geographic, Fox News and Sky News. All five channels are considered to be harmless as far as malicious Indian propaganda is concerned. The government, however, did not allow the transmission of the channels […]