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Pakistan suspends Nickelodeon channel's licence for airing Indian content

Pakistan has suspended the licence of US-based Nickelodeon channel for airing cartoons dubbed in Hindi language.

India TV News Desk, Islamabad [ Published on: November 01, 2016 16:05 IST ]
PEMRA has suspended licence of Nickelodeon for airing cartoons dubbed in Hindi

Continuing the crackdown on Indian TV content, Pakistan has suspended the licence of US-based Nickelodeon channel for airing cartoons dubbed in Hindi language.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Monday announced that the licence was suspended over violation of its directives, following the October 19 decision which stated that any satellite channel or those with landing rights would face bans over screening of Indian content, Dawn news reported.

The statement issued by PEMRA yesterday said that all distribution networks have been informed about the suspension of Nickelodeon channels. The decision will come into effect immediately, the report said.

ARY Communications is the channels landing rights holder in Pakistan.

The move is largely seen as a tit-for-tat move after a similar action by some channels and the entertainment industry in India against Pakistani content and artists, it said.

The authority had announced on October 19 that any satellite channel or those with landing rights would face bans over screening of Indian content, in order to enforce a complete ban on Indian TV and radio contents.

It has been implemented on the cable networks, including the channels being operated by cable operators.

The PEMRA decision is largely seen as a tit-for-tat move after a similar action by some channels and the entertainment industry in India against Pakistani content and artists.

Tensions are running high between the two countries following the Uri terror attack and India’s retaliatory surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC).

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