LAHORE: PEMRA, in its 5th Regional General Manager Conference held atLahore last day resolved to expedite efforts to curb the menaces of illegal Indian DTH, illegal TV channels, obscenity and vulgarity from media as well as illegal practices by the cable TV operators.
PEMRA Regional General Managers briefed on revenue progress v/s expenses for the F.Y 2015-16, status of digitalization of existing cable TV operators and enforcement measures being carried to curb violations of PEMRA laws.
Mr. Kamal Udin Tipu (Acting Chairman/ Executive Member PEMRA) expressed serious concern on non-compliance to PEMRA laws and Authority directives by TV channels, FM radios and Cable TV operators. He directed all RGMs to exhibit zero tolerance against the violations. He also pledged to expedite DTH Licensing in larger national interest as the introduction of indigenous Pakistani DTH is the only way to defeat illegal proliferation of Indian DTH, illegal channels and piracy. He said that all efforts would be made to materialize this endeavor which would not only open flood gates of investment and employment in Pakistan but would also help in developing / expanding local media industry and performing arts.
All RGMs were also directed to take serious actions against those Non-Commercial FM Radio Operators who would be found airing commercial broadcast in violation of their very mandate. It was directed that the licenses of those FM broadcasters should be processed for cancellation.
Acting Chairman PEMRA also invited representatives of Cable TV Operators of Lahore and noted their problems regarding digitalization of existing cable TV networks and problems faced by them from various tax departments. Cable operators were assured of all possible cooperation on the condition that they would convert their analogue systems to digital by the end of 2015. They were told that no cable license would be revalidated after expiry if it would not meet the condition of Digitalization in line with International Telecom Union (ITU) commitment.