Pemra revokes Bol News licence once more

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Wednesday revoked the satellite television licences granted to Bol News and Bol Entertainment (Pak News) for failing to secure clearance from the interior ministry.

A press release issued by the regulatory authority said its decision comes after the interior ministry denied security clearance to the four directors — Shoaib Shaikh, Ayesha Shoaib Shaikh, Viqas Atiq and Sarwat Bashir — of Messrs Labbaik (Pvt) Ltd, which owns the BOL News channel.

“Bol News and Bol Entertainment (Pak News) have been ordered to surrender the original licences and clear all the outstanding dues,” said the press release.

Pemra took the decision to suspend Bol’s licences in a meeting held at its headquarters on Tuesday, in light of recommendations put forward by the Council of Complaints (CoC) Sindh. The council had given its opinion after hearing Bol News on the matter, the handout said.