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Pemra chief empowered to take TV channels off air

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ISLAMABAD: The chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has assumed powers to stop any channel from broadcasting for a limited period of time. The Pemra board granted these powers to Chairman Absar Alam after they were told that the regulator had failed to implement its code of conduct over ‘re-enactment programmes’ due […]

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SPN policy: Cable operators expect new PEMRA chief to resolve problems

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KARACHI: The Cable Operators Association of Pakistan (CAP) has expressed the hope that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s new chairman Absar Alam will help resolve their problems. A large number of CAP members recently met senior Pemra officials, including several directors general at the body’s headquarters in Islamabad. CAP members argued that the purpose of […]

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New Pemra chairman means business

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (Pemra) is playing a proactive role in ensuring strict adherence to the code of conduct and law by the TV channels after prominent media man Absar Alam became its chairman. Starting from December 1 when he assumed the office, the Pemra has intervened at least 43 times to instill […]

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Opposition lawmakers accuse govt of using Pemra to gag media

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ISLAMABAD: At least two opposition parties believe that the government, through the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), is trying to gag mainstream media, saying that it is the violation of the constitution which enshrines freedom of expression as one of the basic rights. They have urged the government to refrain from taking such measures […]

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Pemra again puts off bidding process for DTH services

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ISLAMABAD: The bidding process for the Direct to Home (DTH) services has been further delayed because the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has decided to initiate “legal due diligence” for the exercise. The legal due diligence is an investigation of a business or person prior to signing of a contract. The DTH is a […]

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Pemra starts due diligence for DTH licencing

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) in pursuance of its decision has initiated the process for legal due diligence to avoid anomalies, if any, in the postponed Direct to Home (DTH) process, says a press release. Subsequent recommendations/findings shall be presented before the authority in its next meeting for consideration for further course of […]

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Notices issued in Pemra chief’s appointment case

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday issued notices to the federal government and the ministry of information on a petition challenging appointment of Absar Alam as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra). At the outset of the hearing, petitioner’s counsel Azhar Siddique argued that the appointment of the respondent chairman was […]

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Pemra chief puts off DTH licence bidding

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Islamabad – Presiding over his first meeting here on Friday after assuming charge as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), Absar Alam expressed support for freedom of expression and speech enshrined in Article 19 of the Constitution. Mr Alam decided to delay bidding for the direct-to-home (DTH) television distribution licences which involves […]

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Absar Alam takes charge as PEMRA chairman

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ISLAMABAD: Veteran media professional Absar Alam took charge as the chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Tuesday, a press release issued by the authority said. According to the release, Alam was welcomed by the senior management of Pemra and briefed on the mandate, scope, function, performance, laws and future endeavours of […]

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Pemra’s new head vows to work without fear, favour

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ISLAMABAD: Pemra Chairman Absar Alam has said that he would deliver his duties without fear, greed and would ensure justice and impartiality. He said he would make decisions in accordance with rules and regulations and in consultation with stakeholders. He said he would run the Authority as per the constitution and will have no favourite […]

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Why is acting chairman Pemra in such a hurry?

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has written to Acting Chairman Pemra during last two months to stop the Direct to Home (DTH) satellite TV licence auction on December 7 and let it be decided by new Chairman Pemra Absar Alam. However, Acting Chairman Pemra Kamaludin Tipu, a serving Police Officer who took over […]

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TV anchor’s Pemra job to be closely watched

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ISLAMABAD: “I have been offered the post but I have declined it because I am not interested,” anchorperson Absar Alam had said before the Supreme Court where he appeared in September to plead his case on affairs involving the media. Now his consent to become the chief regulator of private channels as Chairman of the […]

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Pemra chief’s appointment notified

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ISLAMABAD: The establishment division issued on Wednesday a notification about the appointment of senior journalist Absar Alam as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority. However, the new chairman will take charge of his assignment next month. The electronic media regulator has been without a regular chairman since Dec 2013 when Chaudhry Rasheed was […]

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Absar Alam appointed as PEMRA chairman

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The government on Thursday appointed senior journalist Absar Alam as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). The appointment was made on advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and an official notification in this regard will be issued in a day or two. Alam, a senior career journalist, has worked with a number […]

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