Channel 24, Pemra, Pakistan

Pemra suspends license of a Pakistani news channel over violation

The Pakistan Electronic Media Authority Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has suspended with “immediate effect” television channel 24NewsHD’s licence for “illegal transmission of news and current affairs content”.

According to a press release issued by the regulatory authority, the channel Value TV — for which the license was issued to Central Media Network Pvt — had “illegally” changed its name to 24NewsHD. The channel was granted the licence to air entertainment content but instead it was “persistently illegally and unlawfully airing news and current affairs in continuous violation of Pemra laws”, the statement read.

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The regulatory body said it issued a show-cause notice to the channel for violating the terms of its licence and directed it to “revert back to its approved programming content” on May 7, 2020. But the channel “failed to adhere to the directions of the authority despite several notices and opportunities of hearing provided [to them],” according to the statement.

Pemra, therefore, suspended the channel’s licence with “immediate effect till the time it reverts back to its original programming mix”.

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