GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING
12th December, 2009
S.R.O.-1 120(I)/2009.- In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 39 of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Ordinance, 2002 (XIII of 2002), the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, with the approval of the Federal Government, is pleased to make the following rules, namely:
1. Short title and commencement.- (1) These rules shall be called the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Rules, 2009.
(2) They shall come into force at once.
2. Definitions.- (1) In these rules, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,
(a) “application form” means the application form as may be prescribed by the Authority for grant of a licence;
(b) “applicable licence fee” means the licence fee prescribed by the Authority or where applicable, determined through bidding by Authority;
(c) “authorized officer” means the Chairman or a member, or any member of staff, expert, consultant, adviser, other officer or employee of the Authority to whom the Authority has by general or special order delegated its powers, responsibilities or functions under the Ordinance for carrying out the purposes of the Ordinance, rules or regulations made thereunder;
(d) “cable television operator” means any person who owns, controls, manages or runs any cable television system and includes local loop holder;
(e) “cable TV system” means any system consisting of closed transmission paths and associated signal generation, control and distribution equipment, designed to receive and re-transmit television channels or programs for reception by multiple subscribers;
(f) “code” means the code of conduct for media broadcasters and cable TV operators specified in Schedule-A;
(g) “Council” means the Council of Complaints established under the Ordinance; “eligible channel” means a TV channel licensed by the Authority or otherwise declared to be eligible for reception and distribution in the country;
(h) “encrypted” means treated electronically or otherwise for the purpose of preventing intelligible reception by unauthorized persons;
(i) “foreign broadcasting service” means a broadcasting service which is uplinked from outside Pakistan and received in Pakistan;
(j) “free to air broadcasting service” means a non-encrypted broadcasting service made available to the public without any subscription fee;
(k) “head-end” means a set of equipment for receiving and retransmitting the terrestrial and satellite TV channels for re-transmission or distribution at a specific location;
(l) “in-house distribution channel” means array and distribution of pre-recorded programmes by a distribution service operator over its network;
(m) “IPTV” means internet protocol television and delivery of television programmes using internet protocol technology on broadband telecom access network;
(n) “loop holder” means a person who obtains signals from distribution service operator and further distributes the same to multiple subscribers without inserting any further programmes or advertisements;
(o) “management control” in relation to a person means the power to exercise a controlling influence over the management or the policies of the company or undertaking and, in relation to shares, means the power to exercise a controlling influence over the voting power attached to such shares;
(p) “mobile TV” means wireless distribution of TV signals to a mobile portable device using any supporting technology;
(q) “Ordinance” means the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Ordinance, 2002 (XIII of 2002);
(r) “proprietary radio set” means a radio signal receiving apparatus, sold or provided by the owner of a radio channel, designed to exclusively receive his transmissions; “Schedule” means the Schedule to these rules;
(s) “service point” means a system outlet on the system which may be used for monitoring the system parameters;
(t) “set-top box” means a device for receiving and decoding encrypted television signal;
(u) “subscriber” means a person who subscribes to a service provided by a licensee without further transmitting it to any person;
(v) “subscription fee” means fee prescribed for receiving a broadcast or distribution service by a subscriber;
(w) “TV de-scramblers or decoders” means the equipment used to receive the television de-scrambler or decoder service; and
(x) “TV de-scrambler or decoder service” means the reception of programmes through satellite or other means of telecommunication, by using TV de-scramblers or decoders, and transmitting to the subscribers.
(2) The expressions used but not defined herein shall have the same meaning as are assigned to them under the Ordinance.
3. Meetings of the Authority, etc.- (1) The Authority shall hold not less than four meetings in a calender year and may meet as often as it deems fit in order to dispose of its functions as provided for in the Ordinance.
(2) The agenda and notice of the time, date and place of the meeting shall be circulated among the members at least one-week prior to the date of the meeting:
Provided that for disposal of urgent matter requiring immediate decision, the agenda and notice may be circulated among all the members through phone, fax or email.
(3) The Authority may seek opinion of any officer or expert on a specific item of the agenda.
(4) The Chairman shall convene a meeting of the Authority either at his own accord or, as the case may be, on request of more than one half of the total membership.
4. Categories of licences.- (1) The Authority shall, as it may deem fit, issue licences for broadcast media and distribution service in the categories or sub-categories as provided for in section 18 of the Ordinance.
(2) The Authority may also grant permission to a distribution service licensee for running of in-house distribution channel subject to such terms and conditions and payment of fee and other charges as the Authority may prescribe:
Provided that only Pakistani content shall be distributed on such channel.
(3) International scale broadcast shall also include satellite television.
5. Duration and renewal of licences.- (1) The licence shall be granted for a period of five, ten or fifteen years subject to payment of fee as set out in Schedule-B.
(2) The licence shall be valid for the term for which it is granted subject to the payment of annual fee or any other charges as set out in the Schedule-B.
(3) The fee relating to the grant of a licence, renewal thereof, late payment surcharge and fine, if any, shall be deposited in the account of the Authority.
6. Application for grant of licence to operate broadcast media or distribution service.- (1) Any person desirous of obtaining a licence in any category or sub-category of broadcast media or distribution service, shall apply to the Authority on the application form.
(2) Every application form shall be accompanied by a non-refundable application processing fee as set out in the Schedule-B for respective categories or sub-categories, and such documents as the Authority may specify. The Authority may however require an applicant to file such additional documents as it may deem fit.
(3) The Authority may, where applicable, forward the application to the Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) through Pakistan Telecommunication Authority for frequency allocation.
(4) The application may be processed simultaneously, however, the licence shall not be granted until the approval of frequency allocation is received from FAB.
7. Criteria for evaluating licence application.- Applications for the grant of a licence shall, in the first instance, be short listed by adopting the following criteria, namely: –
(a) financial viability;
(b) technical feasibility;
(c) financial strength;
(d) credibility and track record;
(e) majority shareholding and management control shall vest in Pakistani nationals ;
(f) prospects of technical progress and introduction of new technology;
(g) market advancement, such as improved service features or market concepts;
(h) contribution to universal service objectives; and
(i) contribution to other social and economic development objectives.
8. Fees and security deposits.- (1) Each successful applicant shall, within time prescribed by the Authority and before the issue of the licence, deposit the applicable licence fee and make a security deposit, if applicable, as set out in the Schedule-B. The security deposit shall be refundable after the expiry of one year of operation of the station to the satisfaction of the Authority.
(2) Every licensee shall follow the specified time line relating to the payment of any dues of the Authority.
9. Grant of licence.- (1) The Authority shall, if it is satisfied that the applicant fulfils the criteria as provided for in the Ordinance, these rules and regulations made thereunder and has paid the prescribed fee and other charges, if any, grant licence to the applicant.
(2) Every licensee shall follow the general terms and conditions as set out in Schedule-C.
(3) The Authority shall, except where the application for grant of licence relates to Islamabad Capital Territory, invite the comments of the Provincial Governments concerned, as provided for in section 21 of the Ordinance.
(4) The Authority, if satisfied that the grant of the licence to a particular person is not in the public interest, may, for reasons to be recorded in writing and after giving the applicant an opportunity of being heard, refuse to grant a licence.
(5) The Authority shall, within one hundred days from the date of its receipt, take decision on the application for grant of a licence subject to clearance from the Ministry of Interior and frequency allocation by FAB in relevant cases.
(6) The Authority shall prescribe procedures for an open and transparent bidding in such cases where number of the applicants is likely to exceed the number of licences which the Authority has fixed for that category or sub-category.
10. Subscription fee.- (1) A licensee shall charge from its subscribers such subscription fee which shall not exceed maximum limit as set out in the Schedule-B.
(2)The Authority may, on a formal written request from a licensee or on its own initiative after recording reasons, revise the subscription fee rates as set out in the Schedule-B.
(3) The licensee shall, not later than thirty days prior to the enforcement of the revised rates, notify to its subscribers any change in the subscription fee as approved by the Authority.
11. Decoder fee.- A licensee may charge such fixed fee not exceeding the limit prescribed by the Authority from time to time for decoders and set-top boxes provided to the subscribers.
12. Renewal of licence on expiry of the licence term.- (1) A licensee may, at least six months prior to the expiry of the licence, apply to the Authority for renewal of its licence and the Authority may renew the licence subject to
(a) satisfactory past performance of the licensee;
(b) the opinion of the concerned Council if the Authority so requires;
(c) payment of the prescribed fee prevalent at the time of renewal and payment of outstanding dues, if any; and
(d) fulfillment of any other terms and conditions as prescribed, or varied in the public interest, by the Authority from time to time.
(2) In case of refusal to renew a licence the Authority shall record reasons in writing.
(3) The Authority may renew a licence for such term as the original term of the licence beginning from the date of expiry of the licence.
13. Media ownership concentration and exclusion of monopolies.- (1) To ensure that fair competition is facilitated, media diversity and plurality are promoted in the society and undue concentration of media ownership is not created. Maximum number of licences that may be issued to a person or any of its directors or partners where such person is a company or firm, who is directly or indirectly, controlling, owning or operating more than one media enterprise, shall not exceed a total of four satellite TV, four FM Radio licences and two landing rights permissions.
(2) A licensee having direct or indirect interest in any other media enterprise shall ensure –
(a) appointment of separate editorial boards and monitoring facilities for each medium under its control;
(b) establishment of separate management structures for each medium under its control; and
(c) maintenance of separate accounting record for each medium under its control.
(3) A licensee who owns, controls or operates directly or indirectly any other distribution service licence shall not be granted a landing rights permission or broadcast media licence.
(4) A licensee who owns, controls or operates directly or indirectly broadcast media licence or landing rights permission shall not be granted a distribution service licence.
14. Proscription of a foreign broadcasting service.- No foreign channel shall be distributed unless landing rights permission for such channel has been obtained from the Authority:
Provided that a distribution service operator shall relay only TV channels licensed by the Authority.
15. Programms and advertisement content.- (1) The contents of the programmes and advertisements which are broadcast or distributed by the broadcast media or distribution service operator, shall conform to the provisions of section 20 of the Ordinance, these rules, the code set out in the Schedule-A and terms and conditions of the licence.
(2) The programmes shall also conform to the provisions of the Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979 (XLIII of 1979), the rules and code of conduct made thereunder, whereas the advertisements shall also conform to the TV Code of Advertising Standards and Practices in Pakistan and Advertisement Code issued by the Authority.
(3) During a regular programme a continuous break for advertising shall not exceed three minutes and duration between two such successive breaks shall not be less than fifteen minutes.
(4) The licensee shall maintain a record and register of the programmes being broadcast or distributed by him and shall, for a period of not less than forty-five days, preserve such programmes.
16. Mergers and transfers.- (1) Without prior approval of the Authority, a licensee shall not transfer, merge or amalgamate with any other person any rights conferred under the licence.
(2) Without prior approval of the Authority, any person shall not transfer or dispose of his shares or interest which he is holding or owning in a company which is a licensee:
Provided that in the case of a listed company, the shares, representing not more than two per cent of the issued and paid up share capital, may be transferred without such approval.
17. Maintenance of accounts.- The licensee shall maintain proper accounts, as required by the applicable laws, and shall cause to be carried out the audit of his accounts by one or more auditors who are chartered accountants within the meaning of the Chartered Accountants Ordinance, 1961 (X of 1961) and shall submit the audited financial statement to the Authority not later than three months of the closing date of its financial year.
18. Councils of complaints. – Each Regional General Manager of Authority shall act as Secretary to the respective Council and may issue notices or summons on behalf of the Council established under section 26 of the Ordinance.
19. Area of operation.- A licensee to whom a licence has been issued for a particular area shall not extend or shift its operations beyond the territorial limits of that area without prior permission of the Authority and up-gradation of its existing licence or issuance of a new licence shall also be subject to permission in writing by the Authority:
Provided that an FM radio licensee shall not be allowed to shift its station from the city for which it has been licensed.
20. Repeal and savings.- (1) The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Rules, 2002, hereinafter referred to as the said rules, are hereby repealed.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rule (1)
(a) any licence, permission or lease granted or renewed under the said rules which are not inconsistent with provisions of the Ordinance, these rules and regulations made thereunder shall be deemed to have been so granted or renewed under these rules;
(b) any fee, security deposit, fine and surcharge etc. chargeable under these rules shall apply to such licence, permission or lease granted or renewed under the said rules;
(c) any application made for the grant of a licence and pending consideration under the said rules, shall be deemed to have been so made and pending consideration under these rules; and
(d) the repeal shall not
(i) revive anything not in force or existing at the time at which the repeal takes effect; or
(ii) affect the previous operation of the said rules or anything duly done or suffered thereunder except as aforesaid; or
(iii) affect any right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under the said rules; or
(iv) affect any penalty, forfeiture or punishment incurred in respect of any offence committed against the said rules; or
(v) affect any investigation, legal proceeding or remedy in respect of any such right, privilege, obligation, liability, penalty, forfeiture or punishment as aforesaid.
[see rules 2(1)(f) and 15(1)]
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR MEDIA BROADCASTERS or CABLE TV
(1) No programme shall be aired which
(a) passes derogatory remarks about any religion or sect or community or uses visuals or words contemptuous of religious sects and ethnic groups or which promotes communal and sectarian attitudes or disharmony;
(b) contains anything pornographic, obscene or indecent or is likely to deprave, corrupt or injure the public morality;
(c) contains an abusive comment that, when taken in context, tends to or is likely to expose an individual or a group or class of individuals to hatred or contempt on the basis of race or caste, national, ethnic or linguistic origin, colour or religion or sect, sex, sexual orientation, age or mental or physical disability;
(d) contains anything defamatory or knowingly false;
(e) is likely to encourage and incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order or which promotes anti-national or anti-state attitudes;
(f) contains anything amounting to contempt of court;
(g) contains aspersions against the Judiciary and integrity of the Armed Forces of Pakistan;
(h) maligns or slanders any individual in person or certain groups, segments of social, public and moral life of the country;
(i) is against basic cultural values, morality and good manners;
(j) brings into contempt Pakistan or its people or tends to undermine its integrity or solidarity as an independent and sovereign country;
(k) promotes, aids or abets any offence which is cognizable under the applicable laws;
(l) denigrates men or women through the depiction in any manner of the figure, in such a way as to have the effect of being indecent or derogatory;
(m) denigrates children;
(n) anything which tends to glorify crime or criminals;
(o) contains material which may be detrimental to relations of Pakistan with other countries; or
(p) contains material which is against ideology of Pakistan or Islamic values.
(2) Particular care should be taken to ensure that programmes meant for children do not contain objectionable language or are disrespectful to their parents or elders.
(3) Programmes must not be directed against the sanctity of home, family and marital harmony.
(4) While reporting the proceedings of the Parliament or the Provincial Assemblies, such portion of the proceedings as the Chairman or the Speaker may have ordered to be expunged, shall not be broadcast or distributed and every effort shall be made to release a fair account of the proceedings of the Parliament or the Provincial Assemblies.
(1) Advertisements aired or distributed by a broadcast or cable TV station shall be designed in such a manner that it conforms to the laws of the country and is not offensive to morality, decency and religious sects of the people of Pakistan.
(2) No advertisement shall be permitted which
(a) promotes or supports sedition, anarchy or violence in country;
(b) is against any provisions of the Constitution of Pakistan or any other law for the time being in force;
(c) tends to incite people to crime, cause disorder or violence or breach of law or glorifies violence or obscenity in any way;
(d) glorifies adultery, lustful passions or alcoholic drinks or the non-Islamic values;
(e) distorts historical facts, traditions of Pakistan or the person or personality of a national leader or a state dignitary;
(f) fans racial, sectarian, parochial, regional or class hatred;
(g) promotes social inequality, militates against concepts of human dignity and dignity of labour.
(h) is directed against sanctity or home, family and marriage;
(i) is wholly or mainly of a religious or political nature;
(j) contains references that are likely to lead the public to infer that the product advertised or any of its ingredients has some special property or quality which is incapable of being established;
(k) contains indecent, vulgar, or offensive themes or treatment; or
(l) contains material which is repugnant to ideology of Pakistan or Islamic values.
(3) The goods or services advertised shall not suffer from any defects hich are harmful to human health. Misleading claims about the goods shall not be made.
(4) No advertisement which is likely to be seen by children in large numbers should urge children directly to purchase goods of a particular brand or ask their parents to do so.
(5) All advertisements must be clearly distinguishable as such and be separate from the programmes and should not in any manner take the form of news or documentary.
Fee for TV station licence (Fifteen years term)
S.# Category Application
(in Rs.) Base price** Annual
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
1. National scale station 150,000 4,000,000 800,000
2. Provincial scale station 100,000 3,000,000 600,000
3 Local area or community 70,000 for [M]* 2,500,000 [M]* 500,000
based station 25,000 for [G]* 1,000,000 [G]* 300,000
Fee for satellite TV station licence
1,000,000 + 5% of annual gross advertisement revenue as per audited accounts
700,000 + 7.5% of annual gross advertisement revenue as per audited accounts 500,000 + 5% of annual gross advertisement revenue as per audited accounts 300,000 + 5% of annual gross advertisement revenue as per audited accounts 300,000 + 5% of annual gross advertisement revenue as per audited accounts 700,000 + 7.5% of annual gross advertisement revenue as per audited accounts
* M-Metropolitan and G-General.
* * Base Price: Provided that for all those cities in which TV licence has previously been issued after bidding, the base price shall be the last paid applicable fee.
Fee for radio station licence
(ten years term)
For commercial licence:
(in Rs.) Category Base price**
(in Rs.) Annual
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
1. 100,000 International scale satellite
station 1,000,000 400,000
2. 70,000 National scale station 800,000 320,000
3. 30,000 Provincial scale station 500,000 200,000
4. 25,000 for [M]* Local area /community based400,000 [M]* 160,000
10,000 for [G]* station 1 00,000[G]* 70,000
For non-commercial licence:
S.# Application Category processing fee
(1) (2) (3)
1. Public 100,000 universities
10,000 universities charging
high fee like
institutions such as NUST,
arid and air universities
Private 200,000 statutory
* M-Metropolitan and G-General.
* * Base price: Provided that for all those cities in which radio licence has previously been issued after bidding, the base price shall be the last paid applicable fee.
Fee for Mobile TV (content provision services) licence
(one year term extendable for four years)
S.# Application processing Licence fee (in Rs.) Annual renewal fee (in Rs.) fee (in Rs.)
(1) (2) (3) (4)
1. 10,000 1,000,000/ 1.5% of annual gross
Fee for MMDS/LMDS stations
[Minimum fee for grant of licence for operating an MMDS/LMDS network] *
Local area or community based stations
(ten years term)
Application processing fee: Rs.25,000/- [M]* Rs.10,000/- [G]*
S.# Category Base price** (in Rs.) Annual fee (in Rs.)
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
1. “A” category cities 4,000,000 3,000,000 20% of the licence fee
2. “B” category cities 3,000,000 2,000,000 plus Rs.5/- per
3. “C” category cities 2,000,000 1,000,000 subscriber
“A” category includes metropolitan cities with population of 1.5 million and above.
“B” category includes cities/towns with population of 0.5 million or above but less than 1.5 million.
“C” category includes cities/towns with population of less than 0.5 million.
* M-Metropolitan and G-General.
** Base price: Provided that for all those cities in which MMDS or LMDS licence has previously been issued after bidding, the base price shall be the last paid applicable fee.
Fee for internet protocol television (IPTV)
(channel distribution service) licence
(five years term)
Annual renewal fee
30% of licence fee + 5% of annual gross advertisement revenue. 30% of licence fee + 5% of annual gross advertisement revenue.
ZONAL CATEGORIES FOR IPTV LICENCE
Proposed zones for
S. N o. IPTV licensing S. No. Category-B
Proposed zones for IPTV
(1) (2) (1) (2)
1 Sindh Zone-I (Karachi) 1 Sindh Zone-II
2 Punjab Zone-I (Lahore) 2 Sindh Zone-III
3 Islamabad Zone 3 Punjab Zone-II
4 Punjab Zone-V 4 Punjab Zone-III
5 Punjab Zone-IV
6 Punjab Zone-VI
7 NWFP Zone-I
8 NWFP Zone-II
9 NWFP Zone-III
10 Baluchistan Zone
Fee for cable TV
(five years term)
Application processing fee for Cable TV: Rupees five thousand (Rs.5,000/-).
category* Number of
subscribers Licence fee
(in Rs.) Annual renewal fee
(Rs. 1/- per subscriber
per month to be added) Fee for
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
1. R 500 10,000 5,000 –
2. H Upto 25 rooms 15,000 7,500 –
3. H-1 Upto 100 rooms 20,000 10,000 –
4. H-II Above 100 rooms 50,000 25,000 –
5. B Upto 500 10,000 10,000 –
6. B-1 Upto 1000 60,000 30,000 30,000
7. B-2 Upto 3,000 80,000 40,000 40,000
8. B-3 Upto 5,000 100,000 50,000 50,000
9. B-4 Upto 7000 150,000 75,000 75,000
10. B-5 Upto 10000 175,000 87,500 75,000
11. B-6 Upto 25000 350,000 175,000 75,000
12. B-7 Upto 50000 525,000 262,500 75,000
13. B-8 Upto 100000 875,000 350,000 75,000
14. B-9 Upto 200000 1,400,000 700,000 100,000
15. B-10 Above 200000 1,750,000 875,000 100,000
R: Rural H: Hotel or motel or hostel or guest houses
B: Loop holder B-1 to B-10 for cable TV networks in urban areas
*Subject to area of operation as approved in the licence.
Fee for temporary uplinking permission
Category – A: News uplinking (foreign and local news agencies)
(Without carrying advertisements)
Sub-category Applicable fee
1. Short term uplinking US$ 50/- per day upto 15 days
2. Long term uplinking US$ 10,000/- per year
Category-B: Sports TV channel having event rights
(i). Carrying advertisement @ US$ 500/- per day
(ii). No advertisement @ US$ 250/- per day
Category-C: Entertainment/news channels @ US $ 250/- per day.
Category-D: Events like shows/exhibitions/award ceremonies and such like programmes (carrying advertisements) @ US $ 500/- per day.
Fee for DTH TV channel
(ten years term)
Application processing fee: Rs. 100,000/
S.# Base price (in Rs.)
Annual renewal (in Rs.) Fixed Variable part part
1. 50,000,000 25,000,000 where number of subscribers is upto 100,000: 5% of gross revenue.
where number of subscribers is between 100,000 to 500,000: 4% of gross revenue. where number of subscribers is between 500,000 to 1,000,000: 3% of gross revenue. where number of subscribers is over 1,000,000: 2% of gross revenue.
In-house channel licence fee
(one year term)
For rural category “R” Rs. 5,000
Category A (in Rs.)
50,000 75,000 100,000 125,000 150,000 175,000 200,000 222,500 250,000
Category B Category C
(in Rs.) (in Rs.)
Category B cities
Rawalpindi Multan Quetta Hyderabad Faisalabad
Islamabad Peshawar Gujranwala Bahawalpur
Category C cities
Punjab Bhawalnagar Bhakkar Chakwal
Dera Ghazi Khan Muzaffargarh
Rahim Yar Khan Layyah
Mandi Bahauddin Mianwali
Narowal Nankana Sabhib
Sheikhupura Sialkoat Tobateksingh Vehaari
Jacobabad Jamshoro Kashmore Khairpur Larkana Matiari
Nausheroferoze Nawabshah Kamber @ Shahdad Kot Saanghar
Umerkot NWFP Abbottabad Bannu Battagram Buner Charsadda Chitral
Dera Ismail Khan Hangu Haripur Lower Dir Karrak Kohat Kohistan Lakki Marwat Malakand
Balochistan Zhob Awaran Ziarat Barkhan
Dera Bugti Gawadar Jafferabad
Kech (Turbut) Kharan
Lora Lai Mastung
Musa Khel Naseerabad
Okara Shikarpur Nowshera Nushki
Pakpatan Sukkur Shaangla Panjgur
Rajanpur Tando Allah Yar Swabi Pishin.
Attock Muhammad KhanSwat Abdullah
Sahiwal Tharparkar Taank Saifullah
Sarghoda Thatta Upper Dir Sibi
All tehsil headquarters and rural towns
Criteria and fee for grant of landing rights permission to satellite TV channels
(five years term)
Application processing fee: Rs.200,000/
S.# Categories fee (in Rs.)
(1) (2) (3)
1. Landing rights for news / Permission fee: 5,000,000 (per channel) current affairs satellite TV
channels. Annual renewal: 30% of permission fee plus
7% of gross advertisement
revenue as per audited
2. Landing rights for sports andPermission fee: 1,000,000 (per channel)
educational satellite TV
channels. Annual renewal: 30% of permission fee plus
3. Landing rights for regionalPermission fee: language satellite TV channels(FTA channel) generating advertisements.
Permission fee: (encrypted channel)
Annual renewal: plus
4. Landing rights for regionalPermission fee: language satellite TV channels
not generating advertisements. Annual renewal: fee.
5. Landing rights for categoryPermission fee: other than news, current (FTA Channel) affairs, educational, sports and
regional satellite TV channelsPermission fee:
not generating advertisements (encrypted channel) 30% of permission
300,000 (per channel)
700,000 (per channel)
30% of permission fee.
Landing rights fee For Category other than News, Current Affairs, Educational, Sports and Regional Satellite tV Channels Generating Advertisements Revenue.
(yearly) Fee for landing rights (in landing
rights (in Rs.) Advertisement
revenue (in Rs.)
pted Free to air
Free to air renewal fee
(1) (2) (3)
upto (4) (5) (6)
30% of Landing
rights permission (7)
5% of gross
1 A 30,000,000
above 3,500,000 3,000,000 fee
30% of Landing as per audited accounts
5% of gross
30,000 to rights permission advertisement revenue
2 B 60,000,000
above 5,000,000 4,000,000 fee
30% of Landing as per audited accounts
5% of gross
60,000 to rights permission advertisement revenue
3 C 90,000,000
above 7,500,000 6,500,000 fee as per audited accounts
to 30% of Landing 5% of gross
100,000,000 rights permission advertisement revenue
4 D 12,500,000 11,500,000 fee as per audited accounts
1. All future landing rights, including those whose applications are presently under process shall be subject to new criteria. Existing permission holders may however pay the annual renewal fee at the existing rate till the expiry of their permission period.
2. In case a permission holder qualifies for a satellite TV licence and is desirous of establishing a satellite TV channel in Pakistan, he will have to apply afresh, provided that other conditions for issuance of satellite TV license are also fulfilled. In order to provide incentive to establish satellite TV stations in the country full adjustment of the landing rights fee will be made against the satellite TV licence fee in case the landing rights holder sets up a satellite TV station within 02 years of obtaining the landing rights permission. After 02 years the adjustment will be made for the remaining period on pro-rata basis.
3. 15% of final fee for landing rights will be payable alongwith the application. In case of acceptance of the application, the balance payment will be made as per schedule notified by the Authority. If the application is rejected the above 15% up-front fee will be refundable however, in case of failure on the part of applicant the same will be forfeited.
4. In case of applicant, whose channel is not yet aired in Pakistan and no advertising revenue is generated at the time of submission of application, whether directly or indirectly, and falls in the category of other channels generating advertisements, Category “A” of the respective schedule will be applicable in the first instance.
5. For the purpose of determining advertisement revenue of the applicant, audited accounts for the last three years (where applicable) will be required alongwith the application.
6. For calculation purposes “gross revenue” means the revenue earned by the channel from the advertisements.
7. In case the advertisement revenue exceeds the maximum the slab (D) in landing rights fee for other channels generating advertisements, ten percent of the amount in excess, shall also be payable additionally.
Subscriber fee for cable TV
S.# Description of fee Fee (in Rs.)
(1) (2) (3)
1. Installation/connection charges upto 1,000/
2. Monthly subscription fee (for digital TV) upto 5 50/
3. Monthly subscription fee (for analogue TV) upto 400/
Each successful applicant shall, before issuance deposit equivalent to ten percent of the applicable licence licence fee. The security shall be refundable after expiry station to the satisfaction of the Authority. of the licence, make a security fee in addition to the applicable of one year of operation of the
General terms and conditions of licence
(1) A licensee shall not commit an act or ommission that is likely to harm the legitimate interest of other licensees.
(2) The licensee shall not discriminate against any subscriber in offering the service.
(3) The licensee shall ensure that the media broadcast or cable TV services provided by him are not interrupted suddenly except due to the failure of the equipment or circumstances beyond his control;
(4) The licensee shall abide by the quality standards in transmission level, noise modulation, frequency drift and voltage levels as set by the Authority or approved subsequently, from time to time.
(5) The licensee shall ensure that the broadcast installations or the cable lines do not become a security or traffic hazard, a nuisance for the life and property of the public or opposed to the environmental standards.
(6) The licensee shall be responsible to obtain necessary permission from the municipal authorities or utility companies and abide by their terms and conditions and other relevant regulations while installing the broadcasting equipment or laying the cables.
(7) The licensee shall not stop, cease or suspend the broadcasts or distribution of programmes except on account of causes or circumstances beyond the reasonable control of licensee or with the prior approval of the Authority and without a clear notice of at least thirty days to the Authority and the target viewers, listeners or subscribers.
(8) The licensee shall make and maintain standby power supply arrangements to minimize power interruptions or breakdowns.
(9) The licensee shall broadcast public service programmes, which may be provided by the Authority or by the Government.
(10) The licensee shall be responsible for ensuring that the copyright obligations with respect to the programmes being aired or distributed are fulfilled.