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New TV channels will create jobs, says Firdous Ashiq Awan

Government has issued licences to 58 new channels

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 18, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Jun 18, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

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The government has issued licences to 58 new TV channels and they will create more jobs in the media sector, Firdous Ashiq Awan, special assistant to PM on information and broadcasting, said Monday.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Awan said that eight licences were issued for news and current affairs channels, 16 for entertainment, 12 for regional, 11 for education and tourism, two for agriculture, five for sports and four for health channels.

The PM’s special assistant said that PEMRA had received 187 applications for channels licences.

The TV channels are facing 587 cases for violation of PEMRA’s code of conduct, Awan said, adding that “capacity building courses” will be introduced for the training of media professional on a quarterly basis.

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  1. Anonymous  June 18, 2019 11:22 am/ Reply

    Has the govt gone berserk in issuing so many licenses? Already there are too many channels fighting for the same cake. The focus should be to ONLY issue licenses which will create positive change in the society i.e. Education , tourism, agriculture, skill learning, etc. We don’t need more politicians fighting on the current affair channels or more love stories on the entertainment channels. At the same time regulation is also needed to curb the spread of vulgarity or shows on tv against the moral and ethical norms of the society.

  2. Anonymous  June 18, 2019 2:56 pm/ Reply

    yes i agree

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