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Private TV broadcasts to be suspended in Punjab if tax not revoked: Cable operators

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LAHORE: Pakistan Cable Operator Association has announced to suspend three-hour transmission of all private channels from Thursday (tomorrow) till a week to protest against tax imposed by Punjab Revenue Authority. Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club Tuesday, the head of all Pakistan Cable Operator Association, Captain Jabbar (retd) said the transmission of […]

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CABLE OPERATORS’ ISSUES DISCUSSED

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Pakistan Broadcasters Association & Punjab Revenue Authority had a meeting yesterday to discuss the issue of payment of Sales Tax by Cable Operators and sealing of their business premises by PRA. On PBA’s assurance to mediate the matter within 30 days, PRA has agreed to de-seal the cable networks in Gujranwala and Sardogha and would […]

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Delay in award of DTH licence causing huge loss to exchequer

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LAHORE: As authorities concerned have not awarded DTH (direct to home) — satellite-based television channel — licence for over the past 12 years million of dollars are going across the border annually without tax deduction through this illegal (DTH) business. The Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (Pemra) has deferred the award of the much awaited DTH […]

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Rangers accuse MQM of trying to ‘close TV channels’

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KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, accused the Muttahida Qaumi Movement on Monday of trying to shut down TV channels in its bid to restore terror in the city and vowed to foil it. “Pakistan Rangers Sindh is receiving information that the militant wing of MQM is threatening local cable operators in different parts of the city […]

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Cable operators’ body rejects new tax

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KARACHI: Chairman of the Cable Operators Association of Pakistan Khalid Arain has demanded of the government to waive off new taxes imposed by the Sindh Revenue Board on cable operators and their clients. He requested to the Pemra chairman to help cable operators in getting tax-free status for the cable industry. Arain also threatened to […]

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PEMRA presents financial report to president

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Acting Chairman Muhammad Parvez Rathore on Thursday presented report of PEMRA’s operations and accounts for the financial years 2010-2014 to President Mamnoon Hussain at the Presidency. President Mamnoon said that with unprecedented growth of media in the country, its role had become very important in impacting the norms […]

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Govt officials bound to help Pemra under law

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ISLAMABAD: Though powerful government officers have demolished the writ and authority of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) simply to save a powerful and wealthy cable operator, the letter of Pemra written to the Punjab government and police department reminds the Nawaz Sharif government what the law exactly says. The relevant section of the […]

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PPP leader for Geo’s restoration on its original numbers

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LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Federal Council Member Munawar Anjum has strongly condemned the closure of Geo News by cable operators in different parts of the country and demanded immediate implementation of court orders in this regard. In a statement issued here on Saturday, Munawar said the media was the forth pillar of the State, […]

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JWP chief asks cable operators to restore Geo News channels

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QUETTA: The chief of Jamuri Wattan Party (JWP) Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti has said that independent media is inevitable for stability of independent democracy and independent judiciary and cable operators should immediately restore the transmission of Geo News channels. He expressed these views during his visit to offices of Geo, Jang and The News in […]

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Senator raises Geo’s closure in parliament

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ISLAMABAD: Senator Zahid Khan of the ANP on Wednesday raised his voice against keeping Geo News off air, saying that the government should tell the nation why the channel was facing being blocked for the last four months. “What was its fault that despite paying the heavy fine it was not restored to its original […]

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Geo Entertainment remains suspended, SHC told

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued notices to the Ministry of Information, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and cable operators on petitions of the Independent Media Corporation seeking action against cable operators for unlawful blocking of Geo Entertainment transmissions. The Independent Media Corporation moved the SHC against illegal blocking of Geo […]

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Geo closure indirect violence on media independence: Asma

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ISLAMABAD: Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Asma Jehangir, has said that closure of Geo TV is a violation of the Constitution and an indirect aggression against the independence of the media, which should be condemned. Talking to the Geo News on Wednesday, Asma said that the institution which we had made […]

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ARY News transmission: Resumption notice to be issued today

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ISLAMABAD: The letter for resumption ARY News transmission will be issued on Monday (today), Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and Ministry of Information has assured protesting Journalist Unions, Cable operators, ARY News reported. The delegations of Journalist Unions which include PFUJ, RUJ and IUJ and Cable Operators met PEMRA officials and Information minister Pervaiz […]

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Did Pemra act in light of SC orders, asks LHC

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LAHORE: Hearing a petition against the blacking out of Geo News on cable network, the Lahore High Court on Thursday asked both the sides to come up with arguments on points whether the steps taken by Pemra for the restoration of Geo News were in line with the Supreme Court’s order or cable operators were […]

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