PEMRA says they took this decision for twenty-four News HD’s “illegal transmission of stories and current affairs content” even after the show cause notice given in May. The Pakistan Electronic Media Authority regulatory agency (PEMRA) suspended 24 News HD’s licence on July 3 with immediate effect. The regulatory body says they took this decision for twenty-four News HD’s “illegal transmission of stories and current affairs content”.
The handout issued by PEMRA states that Value TV, later named as 24 News HD, had initially been given a licence to air entertainment programs. Instead they need been “persistently, illegally and unlawfully airing news and current affairs in continuous violation of Pemra laws”.
PEMRA says that that they had given 24 News HD a show cause notice on May 7, 2020 regarding their violation of licence and to “revert back to its approved programming content”. However, the news channel had “failed to stick to the directions of the authority despite several notices and opportunities of hearing provided [to them]”
AEMEND stated that the news channel should are allowed to convert their licence, because the news channel had been airing for the past 6 years. This step would cause unemployment of journalists.
“The country isn’t only fighting the coronavirus pandemic but also the financial crisis,” said AEMEND, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan had also said that ending unemployment is among his priorities for the country.
24 News HD isn’t the primary major channel to be suspended this year, however. Neo TV was also suspended for an equivalent reasons on May 7.