PEMRA gets court go ahead to grant satellite TV licences | Satellite | News | Rapid TV News
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New satellite TV channels will once again receive licences from Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), following the dismissal by Islamabad High Court of a plea by Pakistan Broadcasting Association (PBA).

PEMRA logo 2July2019The court had ordered PEMRA to stop issuing new licenses on 8 May while awaiting replies from the authority and Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The PBA had argued in court that PEMRA had issued 119 licenses for satellite TV channels under Section 19 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 but the current analogue system could only accommodate a maximum of 80 channels at a time.

“As a result, there are at any given point 39 channels that cannot be aired because of technical constraints of the present system,” PBA’s lawyer Faisal Siddique was quoted as saying in The News.

The bidding for the satellite TV licences was held on 2-3 May 2019 following an advertisement in December 2018.