March 14, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) organized a one-day workshop for FM radio stakeholders to identify issues pertaining to the industry and to resolve them.
A PEMRA press release said major emphasis of the workshop was on engaging stakeholders to identify issues relating to FM radio licensing e.g. tariff, renewal of licences, operational issues and other hurdles being faced by FM radio licensees.
Other important aspect of the workshop was to find out ways for sector development and create awareness on PEMRA laws, regulations and code of conduct, it said.
Based on the discussion, presentations and lectures, two working groups were formed comprising PEMRA and industry representatives to sort out the following main subjects:
1. Regulatory and tariff issues, which also include code of conduct, fee structure and renewal process of FM radio licences
2. Operational impediments, adherence to technical parameters, networking of FM stations, local content production, live telephonic calls which sometimes contain objectionable discussions and duration of advertisements.
These working groups deliberated on the assigned themes at length and prepared recommendations for consideration of the authority, the release said.