One FM radio station for 1m population: Pemra
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Wednesday decided to have at least one FM radio station for one million population in place of present policy of one FM radio for two million inhabitants in the country. The Authority in its meeting also examined the current status of electronic media and resolved to avoid monopoly in broadcast sector in Pakistan and decided for further expansion of FM radios to nooks and corners.
The meeting also reviewed and revised of ‘Electronic Media Ownership Regulations’ to ensure plurality, diversity, healthy competition and concentration broadcast media was also discussed. The Authority has also decided to review its current policy on ‘Programme Mix’ for its licensees and Landing Right holders. It was decided that the revised clauses would be inculcated in the ‘Licence Terms and Conditions’ to ensure due adherence of contents and programme mix provisions. Authority also deliberated upon the existing anomalies hampering the freedom and flow of information in country and proposed measures to avoid such impediments. An incentive, reward and welfare policy in addition to formulation of contributory provident fund for the PEMRA employees was also decided in the meeting. Pemra Chairman Iftikhar Rashid, Executive Member Shahid Humayun, Secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Shahid Rafi, Secretary Ministry of Interior Syed Kamal Shah and Dr. Seemi Naghmana, Umar Aziz, and Asad Jahangir attended the meeting.
Source: The News