PEMRA APPROVES TV RATINGS REGULATIONS; GRANTOF LANDING RIGHTS PERMISSION TO KIDS TV “MY TV” “TENSPORTS-2” AND MOBILE TV LICENCE TO M/s NEXLINX

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PEMRA Authority in its 145th meeting held at PEMRA HQs Islamabad today was apprised of the orders passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan with regards to rating regulations. Draft Rating Regulations were presented before the Authority for its endorsement. Authority unanimously approved registration/ accreditation of Television Audience Measurement (TAM)/ Television Rating Points (TRP) Rating Service Regulations 2018 and granted principle approval to award licenses to Rating companies on case to case basis. The Authority urged making this rating mechanism transparent and flawless up to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.

The Authority also approved grant of Five Satellite TV Broadcast Station Licenses to be awarded after the completion of procedural formalities, for which bidding was held on 11 September, 2018, under Section 19 of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002 in pursuance of advertisement dated 1st September 2014. The process was delayed due to litigation, however, the Hon’ble Courts, dismissed the petitions in favor of PEMRA.

The Authority also approved request for transfer of shares and induction of new Directors/ Shareholders of M/s Vision Network Television Limited “GNN TV” and M/s Radiance Services (Pvt.) limited, Islamabad, a Mobile TV Licensee.

Two Landing Right Permissions were also approved for Foreign TV Channels i.e: to M/s M3 Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd., for “MY TV” under children category and M/s Tower Sports (Pvt.) Ltd., for “Ten Sports Two” under sports category. Whereas approval was granted for one Mobile TV (Video & Audio Content Provision) Services License to M/s Nexlinx Networks (Pvt.) Ltd.

The 145thAuthority meeting was presided by Chairman PEMRA Mr. Muhammad Saleem. Other members including Ms. Nargis Nasir, Member Punjab, Ms. Shaheen Habibullah, Member KP, Mr. Muhammad Naveed, Chairman PTA and Ashfaq Jumani. Executive Member PEMRA were also present in the meeting.