Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Actions against Illegal Channels

Islamabad: The Authority has learnt that various illegal / proscribed channels are being run by Cable TV operators in Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan, despite repeated warnings issued by the Authority. As per PEMRA laws / policies, relaying illegal satellite TV channels and excessive CD channels beyond the permitted limit, showing Indian movies on cable networks is an illegal activity and a peril to the society. Moreover, relaying illegal channel and movies on cable TV networks is deemed main source of content piracy and needs immediate steps by the Authority to stop such irregularities. PEMRA being the regulator takes these violations seriously and undertakes concrete steps to address this menace at various instances.

During the routine enforcement drive, gadgets of most of the cable TV operators which were running illegal satellite TV channels were partially whereas some cable networks were completely seized by PEMRA inspection teams. PEMRA also impounded illegal DTH (Sahara, TATA Sky, BIG TV and Dish TV) which were installed by the cable TV operators for the purpose of distributing illegal channels through their respective networks in the cities of Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Bahawalpur, Multan, Okara, Sahiwal, Kasur, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Jhelum, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Abbottabad, D.I.Khan, Sargodha, Peshawar, Mirpur, Gilgit and other areas.

PEMRA had time and again warned cable TV operators across the country to observe the law. Moreover, public notices were also published in print media from time to time on this issue mentioning list of eligible satellite TV channels to be strictly followed by all cable TV networks.

Press release further states that large number of public complaints against cable operators for showing proscribed and illegal satellite TV channels, prompted PEMRA to initiate such crackdown.

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