Pakistan’s media regulator (PEMRA) will start issuing DTH licences for the first time in October.
Up until now, Pakistan has frowned on DTH transmissions, and frequently banned the illegal reception of satellite signals targeted to Indian viewers. Cable operators have been forbidden to carry unauthorised signals coming from India.
Absar Alam, the chairman at PEMRA, commenting on the decision, said: “PEMRA and media are important for each other. Everyone wanted an independent PEMRA along with free media, which could only be possible when the media would respect the decisions of PEMRA. In developed countries, the media was free but it showed responsibility”.
He further added that: “People in remote areas would benefit from DTH services, which would also help improve the standard of programmes telecast by the electronic media”.