Delay in award of DTH licence causing huge loss to exchequer

Pakistan Press Foundation

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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Notices issued in Pemra chief’s appointment case

Pakistan Press Foundation

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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Minister hopes Pemra will implement media code

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad informed the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday that a code of conduct for media had been prepared and hoped that new chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Electronic Regulartory Authority (Pemra) would take steps for its implementation. He was winding up discussion on the situation arising […]

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Pemra chief puts off DTH licence bidding

Pakistan Press Foundation

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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REGULATING THE MEDIA AND ITS RIGHT TO INFORMATION

Pakistan Press Foundation

The much celebrated vibrancy in our media needs a bit of a pause and urgently too for a self-obligatory introspection to see how we are doing on the credibility and integrity aspects—the most essential media characteristics—and self-correct lapses that may have appeared as side-effects that go hand-in-hand when the much needed sense of responsibility gets […]

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Pemra, cable operators hold meeting

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) officials comprising its executive member, RGM Sindh and DGM (Operation) held a meeting with cable operators of Karachi at Regional Office here on Wednesday, says a press release. The meeting was attended by Khalid Arain of S N CTV Operator, Mr Akhlaq of M/s New Digi 1, Gufran […]

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Absar Alam takes charge as PEMRA chairman

Pakistan Press Foundation

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

Pakistan Press Foundation

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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PEMRA told to maintain code of ethics

Pakistan Press Foundation

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Ijazul Ahsan on Friday issued a notice to Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) regarding a petition against exhibition of immoral films, dramas, programmes and movies on television channels. The chief justice directed PEMRA to submit a detailed report on implementation of its code on television channels […]

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Pakistan looks to check Indian DTH service

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: After an endlessly tiring day, Fareeha Khan looks forward to unwinding at home. In the few hours she gets to relax, television seems like the most obvious choice for entertainment. “I like reality TV shows,” she says. “But then there are a lot of Indian movie channels. So I entertain myself with bits of […]

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No TV license issued to Malik Riaz: PEMRA

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA) issued a notice to Bahria Town chairman Malik Riaz regarding the advertisement titled “Bahria Town Opens The Doors To Carriers In Media” published in various national newspapers. According to the reports, PEMRA said that no satellite Tv broadcast station license has been issued to the Bahria Town. Moreover, […]

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Pemra ordered to wait for new chairman to decide, IHC told

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Federal Secretary of Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has informed Islamabad High Court (IHC) through a signed statement on Nov 25th that it directed Acting Chairman PEMRA on Oct 29th and Nov 9th 2015 to withhold DTH Licensing process till the permanent chairman PEMRA takes charge. The ministry stated so in response […]

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Pemra rebuts report on DTH licensing process

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued a rebuttal to The News story published on Monday, titled, “Why is acting chairman Pemra in such a hurry?” A statement issued here on Monday said that Pemra believes that the said story was published without going into the merits of the whole issue and without […]

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A rejoinder to Pemra rebuttal

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The press release issued by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Monday misrepresents the position of Cross Current Pvt Ltd (CCPL) in its CMA in the Supreme Court against the ongoing DTH process. The press release states that CCPL filed CMA challenging acting chairman’s legal status whereas the CCPL CMA was against the […]

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