PEMRA to grant 10 new licences -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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PEMRA to grant 10 new licences

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) will grant 10 new licences to satellite television channels and FM radio stations after Ramazan.

PEMRA had adopted a transparent system of awarding the licences and the authority had conducted three public hearings in Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar to grant licences, said an official on October 25.

He said the authority did not believe in pre-censorship, but it had provided broad outlines to licences in the form of code of conduct for self-regulation.

The official said that amendments to PEMRA ordinance had been tabled in the National Assembly. “If these amendments are passed by the parliament, the newspapers’ owners who have applied for broadcast licences will also become eligible for a licence,” he added.

Source: Daily Times

Date:10/26/2004