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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 […]

Law on opening of radio, TV channels likely: Anwar

ISLAMABAD- Law to regulate opening of Radio and Television channels in the private sector is expected to be promulgated in about a week’s time. The Secretary Information, Syed Anwar Mahmood while participating in “Radio Forum” programme of News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan, stated this. He said two more laws dealing with the […]

Ban on Indian channels challenged

LAHORE- The imposition of ban on broadcasting of foreign channels on cable net work had been challenged in the Lahore High Court. The petitioner MD Tahir has submitted that Chairman PTV in a Press conference held on December 30, last, imposed the ban on broadcasting of various channels emanating from foreign countries. The chairman was […]

Cable Operators stop showing Indian TV channels

KARACHI- The All Pakistan Cable Operators Association (Apcoa) has announced in Karachi on Monday that it has completely stopped showing India TV channels. Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Monday evening, Apcoa Chairman Hassan Mustafa, said in line with the government’s decision of banning Indian TV channels, the Association while appreciating […]

Indian TV channels banned

ISLAMABAD – The government imposed ban on the transmission of Indian satellite channels including Star Satellite Network. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) issued the directions to all the cable TV operators to halt the transmission of Indian channels to the general public. The decision was taken to control malicious Indian propaganda by its TV channels to […]

Media Regulatory Authority within weeks: Anwar

ISLAMABAD- Federal Secretary Information and Media Development Syed Anwar Mahmood said Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority would be in place within weeks. Addressing the opening ceremony of Induction Training Course for Programme Producers in Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), the Secretary Information said: “draft of the Regulatory Authority is now with the cabinet for approval.” “As soon […]

Government believes in freedom of expression: Iftikhar

PESHAWAR- North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Governor Lt Gen. (R) Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah has said that in the prevailing situation the role of the mass media has figured prominently. He said that media is an undisputed source of opinion forming which should be used with greater responsibility without any tilt. He said, the greater […]