Geo has cable rights, not of cable operators: Babrak Khan -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Geo has cable rights, not of cable operators: Babrak Khan

QUETTA: Cable Operators Association (COA) Balochistan President Babrak Khan has said the ESPN company gave Geo Super the cable and satellite rights to show the Cricket World Cup matches in Pakistan, but not the cable operators’ rights.

Talking to journalists at Quetta Press Club, along with other cable operator representatives, he said how come the ESPN sold the rights of hundreds of cable operators in Pakistan to any channel. He said Geo’s claim that it had exclusive cable rights is totally wrong. The state-run television, PTV, got the rights even before Geo Super, and now it’s up to the cable operators that they show cricket matches on PTV or Geo Super. Both options are open to the cable operators; however, they could not show these matches on Star Sports or ESPN, the COA Balochistan president added.

Babrak Khan said the COA received various complaints against former RGM Pemra Balochistan, Gul Muhammad Kakar, and forwarded those complaints to the higher authorities concerned, but to no avail. He said after a lot of hue and cry by the cable operators, when Kakar was denied extension in service by Pemra, he launched a character assassination campaign against him, in connivance with the Jang Group and Geo Television Network. He (Kakar) is also after my legal business now, alleged Babrak Khan.
Source: The News
Date:3/26/2011