BBC Urdu served Show Cause Notice by PEMRA

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on March 16, 2011 issued a show cause notice to BBC Urdu for publishing a misleading advertisement in the daily newspapers on 15.3.2011 & 16.3.2011, inviting general public to listen its services through FM Radio networks across the country.

The show cause notice explicitly states that BBC Urdu services does not possess any licence for FM Radio in Pakistan. Notwithstanding, indulgence of BBC Urdu Service in any such activity is in contravention to Section 19(2) of PEMRA Ordinance as amended by the Parliament vide PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007 which prohibits any person or company from running a broadcast media or distribution service without obtaining a licence from PEMRA.

BBC Urdu Services has been warned to refrain from indulging in any such illegal activity in future.

Muhammad Tahir
Deputy General Manager
Media & PR