PEMRA prohibits studio audiences for Ramazan transmissions
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has barred studio audiences on television channels for sehr and iftar transmissions which are broadcast live during the month of Ramazan.
A notification released by the authority on Tuesday said it took the decision to retain social distancing steps that medical experts around the world found appropriate to curb COVID-19’s spread.
The staff involved in televising the shows were advised to wear safety kits and to clean their equipment regularly.
Channels have also been instructed to install a sanitary walk-through gate in their studios.
Both would have to stand one meter apart if the show has more than one host and only one guest can be invited at a time.
The authority has prohibited displaying cars, bikes and other appliances on the show because many people suffer from financial difficulties during the lockdown, and it would be in poor taste to flaunt these items.
PEMRA has also instructed outlets not to use language against any religion or belief, or to provoke hate between people.
If a breach occurs, the transmission will be automatically suspended.