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The impact of Star Plus and other channels on Pakistani society.

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In my opinion it’s not the fault of Indian Channels or others. They can’t be blamed for what they are showing as they are merely commercial channels which don’t even represent the true Indian culture. They are in a kind of race to compete with each other. Even our local channels like Geo TV and KTN are showing vulgar and immoral dramas. No one else is going to do the hard work of monitoring what kind and how much television children watch. However, it’s the sole responsibility of the parents and secondly the Government to monitor them. The parents can monitor what their children are watching and the Government can monitor what our local and foreign channels are displaying by setting up a watch dog committee.

With an increasing number of TV channels and programs coming into our homes each day, it can be hard for parents to monitor what their children are watching. Many parents are concerned about their young children watching programs with content that’s more suitable for older children or adults. Even in countries like USA and UK parents are highly concerned about what their children are watching but they have mechanism and systems, through which they can control it.

Unfortunately in Pakistan, we don’t have systems like TV RATINGS (system to give parents more information about the content and age-appropriateness of TV programs) and THE V-CHIP AND PARENTAL CONTROLS (a device built into most television sets since 2000 — to allow parents to block out programs they don’t want their children to see. The V-Chip electronically reads television program ratings and allows parents to block programs they believe are unsuitable for their children. Parental control technology in cable and satellite set-top boxes can also be used with the TV Parental Guidelines to block programs based on their rating).

So I think instead of merely banning the channels we should introduce the systems like V-CHIP AND PARENTAL CONTROLS and TV RATINGS and should have a TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board in Pakistan. The board should comprise the experts from the television industry and public interest advocates. The Board should also review complaints about specific program ratings to help ensure accuracy.

What do you think about this report and how much do you agree with it? If you don’t then why? Please share your comments about this as its a very important discussion.

Senate committee calls for ban on Indian channels

“ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting today asked cable operators not to show Indian TV channels and dramas.

The committee met today in Islamabad with Senator Ghulam Ali in the chair. Member committee Senator Tariq Azeem said that he had twice adopted resolutions recommending ban on Indian television channels. However, the resolutions were not yet implemented.

The committee said there were approximately 1500 cable operators in the country. Every operator was paying only Rs200, 000 per annum but was earning million of rupees through advertisements.

The committee urged the government to take notice of the situation. Ali ruled that if the issue of ban on Indian channels was not solved through the committee then the matter be raised at the upper house.”

Source: The Daily News

Written by Kamran Brohi

March 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Posted in Pakistan