In response to a petition filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC), Pakistan’s media watchdog confirmed that a private TV channel which not entitled to broadcast any Indian content and that the authority had already issued a number of show-cause notices to the company that distributes the channel in Pakistan.
Earlier, five domestic entertainment channels had filed a petition in the LHC, seeking closure of the transmissions of the said channel in Pakistan.
In response to the petition, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) produced copies of the channel’s licence in Pakistan, along with the approved mix of programmes, showing that Pemra had never allowed the broadcast of any Indian content in Pakistan.
According to Pemra, the channel is required to broadcast ‘foreign content’ only after dubbing it in Urdu.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2012.