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Pemra suspends NEO TV’s licence for ‘illegal’ news broadcast

Pemra suspends NEO TV’s licence


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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regu­latory Authority (Pemra) on Wednesday suspended the permit of NEO TV after the expiry of its show-cause notice period as the transmissions by the channel were seen as illicit.

Pemra has said that due to the resistance of permit terms and conditions and the sets of the position, Pemra suspended the permit given to M/s Fun Infotainment Pvt Ltd NEO TV with quick impact.

The channel had acquired a permit just for airing diversion programs however since its origin, the administration used to air news and current undertakings content, overlooking Pemra’s orders and notification to maintain the understanding.

“Authority had guided NEO TV to stop infringement of permit class via airing news and current undertakings programs (which adds up to contradicting the Pemra laws) and return to its affirmed programming content that is amusement programming as per the terms and states of the permit,” the announcement gave by Pemra said.

Notwithstanding, NEO TV tested the orders of Pemra at the Islamabad High Court not long after its dispatch in 2015 and requested that the position change the classification from amusement to news and current issues, however Pemra kept up that the official arrangement didn’t allow it.

The case was excused in March 2020 by the Islamabad High Court which maintained Pemra’s choice.

After the deferral of around one month, Pemra guided NEO TV to return to its unique substance and last assurance request was given on April 28 if the channel didn’t return to its endorsed programming inside multi week.