LHC curbs Pemra decision to suspend 24NewsHD’s licence

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday shelves Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) decision to suspend the licence of television channel 24NewsHD over “noncompliance with its terms of licence”.

The court issued notices to the regulatory body and the federal government and seeking their replies on the matter during tomorrow’s (Wednesday) hearing.

According to a press release issued by the regulatory authority, the channel Value TV, for which the license was issued to Central Media Network Pvt illegally changed its name to 24NewsHD.

The channel was granted the licence to air entertainment content but instead it was “persistently illegally and unlawfully airing news and current affairs in continuous violation of Pemra laws”, the statement had said.

The Central Media Network management has challenged Pemra’s suspension in the LHC, terming it “illegal” and nominated the federal government and Pemra as respondents.

Justice Sajid Mehmood Sethi, who has decided to hear the case on a daily basis, after hearing the arguments ordered for the channel’s licence to be reinstated and issued notices to the government and Pemra to respond during tomorrow’s hearing.

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