Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority suspends Royal TV and Sohni Dharti TV licenses

Islamabad, February 11, 2016 (PPI-OT): PEMRA Authority, in its 109th meeting held on Wednesday approved suspension of Royal TV license for non-payment of fine and failing to air apology for telecasting highly vulgar and abusive remarks against anchorperson Mubashar Lucman in its talk shows dated November 25 and 26, 2015. The Authority decided to suspend the license and transmission of Royal TV till the compliance of its orders in letter and spirit.

It may be mentioned that the Council of Complaints Lahore in its meeting dated January 11, 2016 had recommended imposition of Rs. 100,000/- fine on Royal TV for using highly abusive language against anchor Mubashar Lucman in its two subsequent programmes “Issue of the Day” dated November 25 and 26, 2015 respectively, says a press release.

The Council had also recommended for suspension of Royal TV channel if it fails to pay fine within 15 days. The recommendations of the Council were approved by the Chairman, being competent, under delegated powers of the Authority. Since, the channel has failed to comply with the said orders, the license of Royal TV is therefore, ordered to be suspended.

The Authority has also approved suspension of Sohni Dharti channel’s license for violating PEMRA Laws and terms and conditions of its license. The channel is non-operational for almost two years without any reason or approval from the Authority in violation of Section 28 of PEMRA Act and despite they are provided repeated opportunities, the licensee has failed to comply with the directives of the Authority.

Meanwhile, the case of revocation of satellite TV license of Rohi TV was referred back to the Council of Complaints for review. Other important decisions of the Authority includes approval of change in management of Urdu-1 TV and Neo TV channels on their own request.

The Authority also approved the transfer of license of “Dawn News English” from M/s Aurora Broadcasting Services (Pvt.) Ltd. to M/s City News Network (SMC-Pvt.) Ltd. in the name of “City 41”. To facilitate its licensees, Authority also approved the simplification of cable TV licensing procedure by reducing the un-necessary documentation which was causing inordinate delay in award of cable licenses.

Chairman PEMRA Absar Alam, Secretary Ministry of Information Broadcasting and National Heritage Ms. Saba Mohsin Raza, Chairman FBR Mr. Nisar Mohammad Khan and Mrs. Shaheen Habibullah (Member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) were present in the meeting. However, Mrs. Nargis Nasir (Member Punjab) participated through video link from Dubai.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Tahir
Deputy General Manager
Media and PR
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)
Tel: +92 51 910 7128
Fax: +92 51 910 7112