BBC to be reinstated in Pakistan as code of conduct prepared for local channels
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 01-02-2012
The Prime Minister of Pakistan has directed cable operators to include the BBC in their list of channels and to restore transmission soon, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan told the Senate on Tuesday (31 January).
Cable operators have been blocking BBC World News from transmission across Pakistan since November 2011, when it broadcast a critical documentary called Secret Pakistan.
Dr Firdous added the government and the Pakistan Broadcasters' Association are discussing a code of conduct for Pakistan's private TV channels. Those channels which are violating PEMRA regulations have been given one month to conform before a crackdown is launched, the Frontier Post reports.
Pakistani regulations require that local TV stations can only transmit 10% foreign content, with only 6% Indian, from their total output. However, many private channels are flouting this rule. PEMRA is engaging with those that have taken court action against the regulator in respect of this condition of their license, said Dr Firdous.