November 13, 2012

PEMRA Cancels Four FM Radio Licenses, Imposes Fine On Violations

PEMRA in its 79th Authority meeting held today at Islamabad, approved cancellation of four non-operative FM radio licenses of M/s Busy Bee Pvt. Ltd. The company was awarded FM radio licenses in May 2008 for Mianwali, Bhakar, Khushab & Narowal cities. As per PEMRA law and Terms and Conditions of the FM radio licences, it was mandatory for the company to start operations within one year from the date of issuance of the licence but the company failed to start its broadcast services in violation of Regulation 8(4) of the Radio Broadcast Station Operations Regulations 2012 read with Condition 3.1 of terms & condition of the licence.
The Authority, therefore, on recommendations of the Council of Complaints and in exercise of powers vested under Section 30(1) (b) of PEMRA Amendment Act-2007, approved cancellation of licenses.

Moreover, a fine of Rs. 0.5 million was imposed on M/s Airwaves Media (Pvt.) Ltd. for unauthorized change in management. Under Section 20(i) of PEMRA Act-2007 read rule with 16 (2) of PEMRA Rules-2009 it is mandatory for a licensee to seek prior approval from the Authority before any sell, transfer or assign any of the rights conferred by the license.

The Authority also discussed important electronic media issues e.g. unconfirmed news, projection of terrorists, discussion on matters relating to judiciary and armed forces and the complaints against obscenity on TV channels. The Authority resolved to implement its laws and Content Code in letter and spirit. The Authority decided that ensuring freedom of expression is foremost obligation of regulator but nowhere unbridled freedom is allowed to harm the state institutions and its functionaries in the garb of freedom of expression & speech. The Authority urged it’s licensees to realize their responsibility and exercise self-regulation in larger national interest.

The meeting was attended by Acting Chairman PEMRA Dr. Abdul Jabbar, Secretary Ministry of Information Ch. Rashid Ahmad, Secretary Ministry of Interior Khawaja Siddique Akbar, Chairman PTA Farooq Ahmad Awan and other Members included Mian Shams (Punjab), Mr. Israr Ahmad Abbassi (AJ&K), Ms. Zeba Hussain (Sindh) and Ms. Fareeha Iftikhar (KP).

General Manager (Media & PR)