Pemra clarifies report on FM stations -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Pemra clarifies report on FM stations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has made it clear that shifting of the FM Radio stations to other cities was not a violation of laws.

Commenting on the news items published in The News on Tuesday, Pemra spokesperson, in a press statement held Wednesday that shifting of FM stations to other cities had not been done for the first time.

Earlier, in 2004, three similar cases were approved for Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore respectively, the statement further said. In the present case, the requests had been considered by the authority keeping in view the technical problems, manpower shortage and security concerns, the statement added.

“The authority has permitted the shifting of FM Radio Stations subject to matching of last highest bid price determined for these cities along with annual escalation at the rate of 10pc on compound basis. These licences were granted in years 2004 and 2007 but are still non-operative due to various impediments faced by the licensees i.e. non-availability of technical personnel, security reasons and technical problems,” the statement further said. This decision of the authority would pave the way for provision of jobs to educated youth and open investment opportunities in the country, it said.

Source: The News

Date:1/16/2009