Pemra clarifies report
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has clarified a comment published in The News on Friday on failure of the Authority to do its job vis-a-vis conflict resolution.
A press release issued by Pemra on Friday said: “As stated in the comment by Mr Javed Jabbar that mediator was appointed by honourable Supreme Court in October 2010 to ensure smooth running of satellite TV channels in response to the petitions filed in the honourable courts.
As per excerpt reproduced from the report submitted by mediator to the Honourable Supreme Court on December 19, 2010, composition of a Dispute Resolution Committee was unanimously agreed by all the stakeholders for sorting out conflicts emerged among the stakeholders without seeking any litigation. The committee was comprised of representatives from regulator, broadcasters and cable TV operators.
According the proposal submitted by Mediator, there should principally be an aggrieved party which should approach the mediator for convening a meeting of Dispute Resolution Committee on their grievances. Ever since the issue of broadcasting rights of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 emerged, the aggrieved party directly approached Honourable Courts, Supreme and high courts in (Sindh and Islamabad) instead of referring case to the mediator as constituted on the orders of the Supreme Court in October 2010. Course of action adopted by the stakeholder, therefore left no obligation to the Dispute Resolution Committee or the regulator for convening a meeting as the case is presently sub judice in the court of law.
Source: The News