Private channels likely from second half of 2001
ISLAMABAD- Information Minister Javed Jabbar said that a new law would be introduced in the coming few months to allow private radio and TV channels which are expected to be operative in the second half of next year.
‘In the last three months of the current year, a new law and rules will be introduced to allow private channels which are expected to be operative in the second half of the Year 2001,” he told newsmen at the end of Advisory Council meeting.
Jabbar said that in the first six months of the next year, applications would be invited for private TV and radio channels. Decisions on the applications would be taken in a transparent manner, he claimed. “Pakistan is a low tele-density country, specially in the context of radio and channels. Out of 175 countries, it ranks 135th despite being the seventh largest country in terms of population. We are confident that the country would witness a qualitative growth in the sector after the private channels become fully operative,” he said. Replying to a question, the minister said that the government had not fixed anything about the number of private channels to be allowed.
Source: The News