Pakistan cuts satellite rates for foreign TV networks
ISLAMABAD- Pakistan has decided to bring down the video satellite rates for all foreign TV networks from the existing US$1,050 to US$400 to facilitate the working of foreign journalists and enhance the frequency of video satellite of new events from Pakistan. The new rates will be operative with immediate effect.
The decision was taken on the directive of the Chief Executive who had received complaints from foreign TV networks that the rates for transmitting TV coverage from Pakistan were excessive in comparison with other countries of the region. The present government wants Pakistan to benefit from the emerging electronic media opportunities by offering comparatively better terms and facilities for worldwide dissemination of information regarding Pakistan.
On the directive of the Chief Executive, an exercise was undertaken by the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and Pakistan Television Corporation (PTVC) for reducing the rates to US$200 each for the first 10 minutes with US$20 and US$15, respectively, for every extra minute.
Video satellite rates from Pakistan for foreign TV transmissions were as high as US$1,750 in 1999. These were reduced substantially last year. With the latest reduction in rates Pakistan will rank the lowest among the list of countries offering video satellite facilities in the region.
Source: Business Recorder