PEMRA asks TV channels to apologise over Hamza, Talib controversy


The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Monday directed two television channels to air an apology for airing “irresponsible” comments during their Ramzan transmission.

According to a notification issued by PEMRA, Aaj TV and News One have assured that they will air a formal apology to “curtail the unrest caused by them”.

The notification states that after airing the apology, the ban on Hamza Ali Abbasi and Shabbir Abu Talib will be lifted.

PEMRA had barred actor Hamza Ali Abbasi and TV show host Shabbir Abu Talib from hosting their Ramzan shows on Aaj TV and News One, respectively. The regulator authority said it had received 1,133 complaints through Whatsapp, Twitter and telephone calls regarding the transmissions.

The complainants said both shows had aired provocative content.