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PEMRA to ban channels which air Indian content

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Tuesday granted authority to the chairman to revoke or suspend the licenses of companies airing Indian content without providing prior notice.

Pemra issued an order on Monday limiting the amount of airtime allowed for Indian content in Pakistan, mimicing the format India has adopted for the airing of Pakistani content.

The statement declared that the licenses of companies will be revoked or suspended without show cause notice or a hearing if Indian content is aired in violation of the order.

In accordance with section 30(3), the body will take action against the airing of all unauthorised content and TV channels in the country starting October 15.

Last month, Pemra said it would launch a crackdown on the illegal Indian DTH and airing of excessive foreign content by TV channels and cable operators.