Channel 24 faces cancellation of license for illegally changing its name

By Sarmad Ali

( Channel 24 owned by Mohsin Naqvi is facing cancellation of its license for illegally changing its name from Value TV.

The Council of Complaints of PEMRA has recommended a fine of Rs100,000 on Value TV for operating illegally as Channel 24 and deviating from approved programming mix.

In a press statement Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said Value TV was initially a real-estate/property channel but later changed its name and content without approval. “The Council’s Islamabad chapter said Value TV had not responded to repeated notices to revert the channel to its original name and content. It therefore constitutes willful violation on part of the channel,” PEMRA says, warning the Channel 24 to pay fine in a month or face cancellation of its license.

Channel 24 already committed PEMRA directive regarding ban on JuD chief Hafiz Saeed. Its anchor Mujahid Bralvi invited him in his talk show last month but surprisingly PEMRA took no notice of it. —

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